Care for Clnical Depression

While we all feel unhappy now and then, such unhappiness usually passes in a relatively short while. This is not true of people who suffer from clinical depression. Also called depressive disorder, clinical depression is chronic sadness or anxiousness that doesn’t go away or recurs frequently, usually several times per day.

Although the death of a loved one can cause depression and grief is a natural reaction, death can cause clinical depression in older adults who have suffered a loss. The elderly do not have as much future to fall back on and so any large loss can more easily create a sense of hopelessness that does not easily go away. Most older adults do eventually adjust to loss, but some do not. These people may need the type of assistance provided by Bellevue Nursing Home.

It should be recognized that depression is not just a normal element of aging. While most older adults are satisfied with their lives, those that do suffer from depressive disorder are less likely to talk about it, or do not show the obvious symptoms that younger people usually show.

Clinical depression can interfere with life activities. It can destroy the ability to work, can interfere with sleep and can sometimes result in loss of appetite or, conversely, overeating. Such an episode of depression may occur once in a person’s life and may take a long time to recover from. However, dysthymia (a type of depression) is somewhat less severe but considerable more long lasting. If it becomes chronic and the person does not recover, then that person may need the type of treatment and assistance provided by Bellevue Nursing Home. It is vital that a person who is suffering from depression regain emotional balance as much as possible. This may require short or long term treatment, as the case may be. They should be in a caring, quiet environment where their depression is less likely to be triggered and where they can get the psychological and medical attention that they need.

Depression is a cruel emotional affliction that can rob a person of hope, trust and, in the case of suicidal depression, can even rob them of their lives. It is a disorder that requires wisdom and understanding form those who care for an individual who suffers from depression. The staff at Bellevue Nursing Home understand how devastating depression can be, and have the skills and knowledge to assist a loved one who suffers from any type of depression.

CAM, Defined

Complementary medicine, also known as alternative medicine, is rapidly loosing the stigma that was attached to it in the 1950s and 1960s. This is all for the better as complementary/alternative medicine, sometimes known as CAM for short, can offer natural support methods that go beyond standard medical care. And the support of our clients is important at Kirkland adult family home.

But, what is CAM and how does it differ from standard medical practice? Complementary medicine is based on what are called support protocols. These are systems, procedures or actions that have proven to be affective in the past, although they are not always backed up by scientific testing. A support protocol is a number of steps taken in a particular sequence with the intention of achieving a certain result.

CAM has grown in popularity because standard medical treatment is often restricted to treating symptoms with drugs, as these are the only “approved” methods. And doctors are often restricted in what they can do to treat a disorder by what the patient’s insurance company is willing to pay for.

At Kirkland adult family home we believe that natural protocols can be very useful. Natural protocols take things such as diet and environmental conditions into consideration; they also address the whole body as a functioning system, rather than addressing only the disorder.

CAM and standard medicine are slowly moving toward each other and are beginning to form what is know as “integrative medicine.” This form of medicine blends standard and CAM practices into a whole approach. A patient’s physical problems are addressed by both methods concurrently.

Complementary and alternative medicine has originated in a number of different cultures and countries over many centuries. Different cultures have different practices and the practices of a culture or country are referred to as whole medical systems. These systems usually include the use of natural supplements or “medicines” derived from natural sources as well as body based practices as well as using the mind to positively affect the body.

While drug treatment is useful and important in many cases and standard medicine is certainly worthwhile, it’s important to keep an open mind. Many people have had excellent results through natural support methods or integrative medicine that blends both standard medicine and natural support.

While there are people who cannot be helped by natural support methods and may need conventional medical treatment methods, there are many others who can benefit from natural support methods.

While there are some people who cannot be helped by CAM, others can be. It’s important to know what methods will get the best results in each individual case and Kirkland adult family home has the knowledge and experience to address each resident’s needs accurately and with compassion.

Surviving Cancer and Assisted Living

The good news is that cancer survival rates are on the up swing. Earlier diagnosis, better treatment and greater awareness on the part of the public are all having a positive affect. For example, over sixty percent of the people diagnosed with cancer in the last five years are still alive today. The majority of theses people are over sixty because cancer affects older adults more frequently than it affects younger people. And so, there are many older cancer survivors in the Seattle area who may need Seattle assisted living.

An assisted living environment provides the support and care that individuals who are recovering from the devastation of cancer often need. Cancer treatment is also one of the more aggressive treatment methods and it’s often necessary to recover form the treatment as well as the disease.

While some cancers, such as pancreatic and liver cancer have a low survival rate; others like breast, skin cancers and prostate cancers now have an increasing rate of remission. Whatever the type of cancer an individual may suffer from, the need for ongoing care is often vitally important. It isn’t always possible to immediately return to a normal life. This is especially true of older people.

Since older adults may have other health issues, such as heart disease or diabetes, that can affect and complicate cancer treatment, recovery time may be extended. Age also affects treatment in other ways, causing a slower rate of drug assimilation into the body and an inability to tolerate radiation or chemotherapy. These circumstances can result in older people needing Seattle assisted living.

Also, although many cancer survivors can return to a normal life, there are many who have been sufficiently stressed by treatment that they will need follow up care in a Seattle assisted living environment. Not only must people cope with the emotional affects of cancer, as well as social and relationship changes brought on by the disease, they must deal with the pain and fatigue that often accompanies recovery. In such situations, it’s important to provide people with a caring and calm environment in which to recover.

Those who provide Seattle assisted living know what cancer patients are going through. They have the professional knowledge and compassion to help cancer patient’s progress on the road to recovery. Whether it’s long term care or short term care, helping recovering cancer survivors cope with daily problems or make vital lifestyle and health related decisions, those who provide Seattle assisted living are here to help.