The elderly are notoriously good at concealing their drinking habits. ‘Just a nightcap before bed’ can easily turn into a full-blown addiction.
Simply telling your loved ones to stop drinking in their old age will not be enough to induce change. Drastic measures like removing alcohol from the house often result in withdrawal that could have damaging, long-term health effects.
Doctors frequently ignore alcoholism and it is rarely discussed or included in proposed treatment plans for existing illnesses. By hiring domestic care, you can help manage your loved ones bad habits without negatively impacting their quality of life. Here is how a home carer can help manage destructive alcoholic tendencies.
Keeping A Watchful Eye
We know this sounds obvious, but most alcoholics prefer to operate in obscurity. With a full-time carer, everything is a little more transparent. The actions of the elderly will have a direct effect on those around them, and excessive drinking will be curbed.
A Shoulder To Lean On
Depression and alcoholism hold hands and work together to degrade the life of anyone - young or old. A dedicated caregiver spends quality, meaningful time with their client and aims to improve their happiness and well-being. Humans thrive on meaningful connections and having someone to talk to who cares, will increase resilience to alcoholism.
Home caregivers are trained professionals. They will be able to discern when that one drink turns into five and react appropriately. Sneaking drinks in private will no longer be a simple task.
Often alcoholics hide behind excuses along the lines of, ‘it makes me feel better’ and ‘I’m old so why not?’. Once properly educated about the clashing effects of alcohol and most medication, they will be less likely to have that extra drink.
After consulting with a doctor, a detox program will be suggested. There are a variety of different methods to treat varying degrees of addiction. It is likely that a strict plan will have to be adhered to and medication taken, to produce the best results.
Our primary concern is that your loved one gets the best care possible. Dealing with addiction in the elderly can be a tricky road. There are many factors that can influence the success of a program.
If you suspect that your elderly relative or friend is struggling with an alcohol addiction problem, there are a couple things you can do. Open communication can be difficult, but it is always the preferred route. If that is unsuccessful, consider a visit to your family doctor to discuss possible solutions.