Assisted Living for Depression
Accommodation available for people with depression
Assisted living facilities can be an option for people living with depression, especially if they also have physical care needs that require assistance. However, it should be considered as part of a broader care plan that includes mental health treatment, therapies and support.
If you are eligible for Supported Independent Living or accommodation under NDIS funding we can help you to tailor your supports to your specific needs and goals. Reach out to Maple Community Services to learn more about assisted living options in your area.
How can people with depression benefit from assisted living?
One of the most significant benefits that assisted living can provide for people living with depression is a nurturing sense of community and unwavering support. Within these settings, a community atmosphere is cultivated and access to enriching activities within society that provide essential opportunities for social interaction.
These interactions can be instrumental for those living with depression, who often endure the heavy burden of isolation and loneliness, especially when living alone. With assisted living, the embrace of a caring community can be a beacon of hope and companionship during challenging times.
Routine and structure
Depression often brings with it a sense of unpredictability and chaos in our thoughts and emotions. Assisted living can help to establish a structured daily routine for participants. A structured routine can be extremely beneficial for people living with depression.
Having a predictable daily schedule can provide stability, a sense of control and purpose within ourselves. It allows us to set achievable goals and work towards them. This can provide a sense of accomplishment, which can boost self-esteem, as well as reducing anxiety and feelings of helplessness.
Depression can also disrupt our sleep patterns and lead to insomnia or oversleeping. Neither of which are good for our cognitive function and overall health. A structured routine can help us to establish consistent sleep habits which can help to balance our mood and release endorphins.
A support worker can help with meal planning and preparation, ensuring that participants are eating a regular and balanced diet. All the essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and amino acids are crucial for brain function and neurotransmitter production.
Protein rich foods are great for releasing tryptophan. This nutrient helps us produce serotonin, also known as the “feel good” hormone linked to mood stability and overall happiness.
Making healthy dietary choices can also have a psychological impact. Practising mindful eating can promote a sense of control over our health, self care and wellbeing. This can be empowering for people dealing with depression.
Your support worker can help with medication management and ensure the correct medication is taken as directed by your doctor. Taking the correct dosage consistently is essential for your medication to be effective, as it will maintain a stable level of the drug in your bloodstream.
Depression medication can often take time to produce noticeable improvements so consistency and proper management of medication is essential for the long term success of your treatment plan. In addition to this, your support worker can help you to prevent any relapsing and monitor any side effects of the medication.
Safety and support
Assisted living options provide a safe and supportive environment, which can be reassuring for those living with depression, especially if they have safety concerns. Our support workers are trained to respond to emergencies. Knowing that help is readily available can provide peace of mind to participants and also their families.
In addition to this, living in shared accommodation or having access to communal activities means being part of a community where participants and support workers can provide emotional support to each other. Sharing experiences and forming connections with fellow participants who may be facing similar challenges, can be extremely beneficial for people living with depression and crucial for their recovery process.
If you’d like to apply for accommodation or Supported Independent Living through your NDIS funding, Maple can help you discover your options and work with you to create a personalised plan to suit your unique needs. Reach out to us today.
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