Clinical depression is quite common amongst elderly adults, with over six million people feeling the effects of the disease. If you take care of an elderly parent in your home, then you may see some signs of depression. Insomnia, lack of appetite, irritability, loss of energy, weight loss, and a generally sullen mood are all signs to look for, and hiring a home health aide can help your parent with loneliness issues that may be causing some of the symptoms.
If you have an aging parent that still lives in their own home, or if your parent currently lives with you, then your elderly mother or father likely needs some help from time to time. If you work, take care of children, or live far away from your parent's home, then you may not have the time to dedicate to their proper care. Home health aides can be quite helpful in this regard, but your parent may feel depressed, angry, or uneasy about their loss of independence and the need for an aide in the home.