Aging With PTSD: How Home Care Services will Help in Waukesha, WI
In a perfect world, getting older would serve to afford seniors a life of convenience and relaxation. In reality, a number of challenges arise as a result of aging. Among these challenges is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), a mental illness that emerges due extreme changes; many changes that come with getting older. These changes can include the deaths of family and friends, deteriorating abilities and well-being, lack of support or struggles with adjusting to new roles. Comfort Keepers in home care services can help your loved one work through their PTSD and continue living happy and healthy lives in their own homes.
PTSD is usually linked to specific events in a person’s life that cause some sort of trauma. If your loved one has experienced some kind of traumatic event it may cause them to be fearful, no matter when the event occurred. See below for a list of common symptoms that in home care services providers have compiled and can help you identify.
In Home Care Services & Identifying Patterns of PTSD
A vivid recollection of the event
Inability to sleep soundly
Desolation and dejection
Eruptions of anger
Anxiety attacks and depression
If you notice any of these patterns in your loved one you should look into treatment, such as medication or therapy. Although prescriptions are a safe way for your loved one to treat PTSD, drugs, and alcohol may not be. Make sure that your loved one isn’t abusing either one in order to cope with the effects of PTSD.
Caring for a loved one with PTSD can be a full-time commitment and maybe too much for you to take care of on your own. If you feel overwhelmed let Comfort Keepers® take on some of the responsibility. Your loved one can enjoy an autonomous life at home with a caregiver chosen just for him or her to manage the symptoms of PTSD or just assist with daily routines.
Should you wish to learn more about our services and how they can help your loved one with PTSD—or any other area of his or her life, contact us at (414) 209-5808.