Elderly alcohol abuse can be very problematic. Let Accredited Home Care help you by providing home care if you need to address issues of alcohol consumption in seniors.
How Home Care May Help Deter Elderly Alcohol Abuse
One of the strongest points about our in home care service is that we offer 24 hour home care. The result is having someone with your senior loved one constantly; not as a babysitter but as a companion.
Why Elderly Alcohol Abuse Can Happen
Alcohol abuse can start later in life. The first step is to learn why your loved one has turned to alcohol. There can be a number of reasons:
- Loneliness – As we age we begin to lose partners, friends, and family who pass before us. Another reason for feeling lonely may be that they feel forgotten; the busy lives of others can reduce the time spent with seniors.
- Pain – Pain is not an accepted part of aging. Drinking can become a way of coping with pain.
- Depression – People often think depression is a natural part of aging and while it can be common, it is not a natural part of aging. This article from the CDC is especially relevant in helping you understand & target depression.
- Fear – As we age our body changes, muscles weaken, cells don’t regenerate as quickly. In addition to physical changes seniors may spend more time watching television & reading newspapers. Most news stories focus on the “bad.” Constantly hearing bad & frightening news can produce fears, especially if you feel physically weaker.
- Boredom – Some people wonder how they ever got things done before they “retired.” While others may find that they have too much time on their hands and become bored. Relaxing with a drink can become a habit that gets out of hand.
- Socialization – Seniors may find themselves going out to clubs or organizations to enjoy the company of others more often, drinking with friends. Those social visits can become more frequent; resulting in drinking more and for longer periods of time.
How In Home Care Can Help Deter Elderly Alcohol Abuse
- Combating Loneliness – Non-medical caregivers can offer companionship and meal preparations. Our caregivers can spend time simply being a friend & visitor. Additionally we can help them prepare or prepare meals ourselves for them in order to encourage better nutrition.
- Helping with Pain – One of the first steps in pain management is physical or occupational therapy. We offer a number at home therapy services that can help you reduce pain.
- Help with Depression – This blog article discusses seniors and mental health. Our home care program can assist you by making sure you get to appointments regularly and reminding you about medications.
- Reducing Fears – The first way home care can help is by having someone with you regularly; as a result the fear of being alone and vulnerable is diminished. Caregivers can take you to self-defense classes in the area too.
- Who’s Bored? – Another benefit of non-medical caregiving is that we can help you keep busy. Our attendants take the time to get to know you personally and talk with you. You’ll find that being active with our caregivers will keep your mind and body active.
- Socialization – Focusing on socializing in environments that are healthier and safer is one way to reduce the use of alcohol. We can help you attend community events and visit local senior centers. Shopping, visiting friends & family, and staying active without alcohol can be made easier when you have someone with you.
Family members must decide if the alcohol drinking is a true problem or simply something that has started to become a concern for other reasons. If intervention is needed, seek professional help and guidance.
Finding Help for the Elderly with Alcohol Problems
You have to be afraid of falling and injuries when a senior loved one is drinking. Don’t ignore it if you think a senior in your family has a drinking problem. If you feel that alcohol may be an issue for a senior you know, this free brochure from Alcoholics Anonymous is a great resource geared towards seniors. Accredited has the experience and staff to help you evaluate the needs of your senior loved one and is here to help.
Most of all, you want your loved one safe and healthy. Home care can help deter elderly alcohol abuse by having someone there with them interacting and caring.
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