Going through a weather disaster or other emergency situation can be extremely upsetting and leave your elderly loved one with a wide variety of emotional reactions. While it is completely normal to experience an emotional response to such a situation, most of the time these reactions are temporary and will dissipate within a few days or weeks of the disaster so that your parent can move forward in a healthy and safe way. In some situations, however, elderly adults are not able to cope with the emotional response to disasters or emergency situations and continue to suffer with worsening reactions that can have a lingering impact on their health, well-being, and quality of life as they age in place. Being able to recognize when your loved one might need additional help recovering from a disaster can ensure that you are able to get your parent the help that they need to recover effectively.
Some signs that your aging parent is not recovering effectively and may need more help dealing with their emotional response to a disaster include:
• Fatigue that lasts two weeks or longer after the disaster
• Difficulty sleeping
• Crying spells
• Outbursts of anger
• Feeling hopeless
• Expressing feelings of helplessness
• Feelings of guilt about how they got through the event
• Avoiding friends or family members
• Increased instance of headaches
• Stomachaches or digestive upset
• Losing interest in the things that they once loved
• Feeling afraid or anxious about the possibility of another disaster or emergency that interferes with their normal functioning
Starting home care for your elderly loved one can be one of the best decisions that you can make for them during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule to ensure that your parent gets the care, support, and encouragement that they need both when you are able to be with them and when you are not. This ensures that they are able to live the quality of life that they desire and deserve while pursuing an active, engaged, and fulfilling lifestyle with as much independence as possible. When it comes to emergency situations, a home care provider can help your parent to feel more confident in their preparation for these situations so that they are able to handle them in the best way for them. Immediately following an emergency, this care provider can offer support, supervision, and assistance that will enable your parent to take the steps that they need to, while also enabling you to do what you need to do to get them back to their normal life as soon as possible. The emotional support this care provider can offer your loved one can be instrumental in helping your parent get through this situation and return to their normal lifestyle in the best way possible. This can reduce fear and anxiety and make them feel more confident about handling future disaster situations if they occur.
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