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By Tamar Homecare | November 21, 2022 | Home Care Resources

How homecare promotes better mental health

Mental health is a real and serious concern, no matter your age. And yet, for ageing adults, there tends to be a clear focus on the importance of maintaining good physical health. Doctors, family members, and other loved ones may prescribe medications, encourage good eating habits and put protective measures in place to prevent falls or help with limited mobility. While these are undoubtedly essential factors for being safe and healthy, we cannot ignore how critical mental health is too. 

Research shows that approximately one in 4 older people live with common mental health conditions and yet dealing with mental health issues is not an inevitable part of growing older. 

In this blog post, we share how home care in Plymouth can promote positive mental health and encourage emotional wellbeing. 

Mental health in later life 

No matter your age, it’s important to care for your mental health. Sadly, compared to other age groups, older people have less access to mental health services and support. This can perhaps be attributed to the false belief that mental health issues are bound to appear with age or perhaps it’s connected to the negative stigma still surrounding talking about mental health, particularly for older males.  

Depression is the most common mental health condition for older people. It affects 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 or over. It’s closely followed by anxiety. 

However, we can’t ignore the heartbreaking effects of loneliness, which increases the risk of developing both dementia and depression. It’s natural that social circles get smaller as we age. As well, physical or financial limitations can prevent us from participating in activities or attending events that once brought joy. All these factors mean less time spent in the community, amongst people or pursuing the things we love which can lead to loneliness. 

How can home care help? 

Receiving support from a dedicated and compassionate carer as part of your structured routine can act as a much-needed support network. Rather than have to blur any boundaries with friends or family, you can count on the emotional support from your carer to lend a listening ear or helping hand when you need it most. Whether you attend events together, participate in activities or simply enjoy a friendly chat over a cup of tea, consistent companionship from a carer can make a world of a difference. 

Let’s not forget that home care means you can live at home, enjoying the company of your pet for as long as possible. It’s no secret that pets make great companions. The pleasure of owning and caring for one can add meaning to life, as well as bring social and emotional benefits. This can have a positive effect on mental health too. 

Promoting physical and emotional wellbeing 

To maintain a good quality of life, it’s just as important to maintain mental health as it is to maintain physical health. Through a mixture of practical assistance and emotional support, our person-centred services are focused on empowering your independence and promoting your happiness. By providing comprehensive care and companionship, we help people enjoy the comforts of home for as long as possible while ensuring all their health needs and requirements are met. 

Get in touch 

If you have any questions about our home care services or would like to learn more about how we can help you, we invite you to please get in touch or call us on 01752 657 560. One of our knowledgeable staff would be pleased to help you or provide more information.

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