For many aging seniors, the continued ability to maintain lifestyle and self-sufficiency is a huge benefit — not only for their continued health and functionality — but to ease the worry for distanced family and friends who may live far, far away.

But sometimes elderly confusion, stubbornness, and the ability to make an objective, reasoned overview of lifestyle and “senior self-sufficiency” can be very difficult for long distance family. Your elderly parents have grown old without assistance. Why would they need it now?

Home Care can help.

Professional in-home caregivers are an important ally for treating depression in senior clients. They help elderly to insure a safe and secure living environment by attending to just some of the following functions:

— Preparing recommended meals.
— Accompanying clients on mood-boosting outings.
— Providing supervision for exercise.
— Picking up prescriptions, providing medication reminders, and reporting changes in physical and mental status.
— Transporting elders to appointments with the doctor or mental health professional.
— Helping seniors avoid isolation and loneliness by providing socialization, companionship and activities in the home.

If you or a senior loved one is experiencing symptoms of depression, discuss this with your doctor. For many aging parents, a little bit of help and socialization through homecare services can provide a big boost in “senior self-sufficiency”.

– John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at: (781) 378-2164; email: ; or online at: