October is National Depression Education Month and for those who may be feeling depressed or anxious or going through a lengthy recovery, it can actually impact recovery. For those who may be at an increased risk of a hospital readmission (meaning they could wind up right back in the hospital within 30 days of their discharge), every detail makes a difference.
The details that matter most include getting the right support, following doctor’s orders, exercising when advised to do so, and taking various prescription medications. The older a person is, the more complicated and challenging recovery might be.
Home care can help.
When a person in their 70s, 80s, or 90s is living alone and trying to recover from a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, stroke, or even major surgery, it’s not going to be easy. Sure, they might have family and friends who are helping them through this process, but most of their time will likely be spent alone.
A home care aide or series of caregivers could be a tremendous asset for these men and women. These home care providers, or caregivers, when they are hired through an agency, will stop by at a designated time each day. The individual might only require some help getting ready in the morning, so a couple of hours might be all that’s needed. For other individuals, around-the-clock care may be necessary.
How would home care aides prevent depression or depressive symptoms?
First of all, nobody should diagnose depression in themselves or someone else. Depression is a serious situation that should be addressed by a trained and licensed medical professional. Second, depression could be the result of the health emergency, a side effect of medications, or related to some other component.
A home care aide would not prevent depression or depressive symptoms, but many times if people are alone, that feeling of isolation can increase the risks of developing some component of depression. When they have somebody to talk to, know somebody is going to stop by at a specific time each day, it can provide a great deal of comfort. It can help to reduce anxiety and stress.
If somebody is feeling depressed, lethargic, or doesn’t feel inspired to work through physical therapy, get involved in various activities in their life once again, or doesn’t believe there’s any real reason to work so hard at this, family and friends can certainly help, but nothing is going to be more effective than a highly experienced and well-trained home care aide who works for an agency.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce hospital readmission rates in North Fort Myers, FL, please contact the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse Home Health Care at (239) 307-0033.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.