At Care With Dignity Partnerships, we provide a range of services to preserve and improve the mental health of those in our care. Being incapacitated or having limited mobility can cause a significant mental burden – we have a team of trained professionals at hand to address such issues with sensitivity and care. We extend our mental health services throughout South Oxfordshire.
WHAT IS DEPRESSION IN THE ELDERLY?
Depression is more common than many people realise – it affects 1 in 5 people and is more common in later life. Being depressed can show itself in different ways, and each person’s experience will be different. Symptoms include:
- Lack of interest and being unable to enjoy things you used to enjoy
- Being reluctant to engage in usual activities or leave your house
- Feeling tired
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Loss of appetite or eating more than usual
- Losing or gaining weight over a relatively short time
- Losing confidence in yourself and feeling life is pointless
- Being self-critical and feeling guilty
- Having suicidal thoughts.
Older people with depression usually experience more physical symptoms, such as tiredness, weight loss, and problems sleeping.
If you or a loved one has experienced some of these symptoms on most days for 2-4 weeks, you should seek help. Care With Dignity Partnerships is available to provide counselling and care in these situations.
OUR MENTAL HEALTH CARE SERVICES
At Care With Dignity Partnerships, we often see that keeping those in our care stimulated and active, both mentally and physically, can go a long way toward preserving and improving mental health. Our mental health care services are focused on prompting the client to do things for themselves and remain as independent as possible, by engaging in activities they enjoy or empowering them to take a measure of their self-care into their own hands. Our qualified support workers are also available to take clients out for the day and keep them occupied – we find this often has significant impact in boosting mental wellbeing.