How Can You Help Your Parent Recover Emotionally from a Disaster?

Home Care in Sarasota FL: How Can You Help Your Parent Recover Emotionally from a Disaster?
Home Care in Sarasota FL: How Can You Help Your Parent Recover Emotionally from a Disaster?

Emergency situations such as weather disasters, fires, and other such events can put your parent in physical danger, but this is not the only reaction that you must consider when preparing your elderly loved one for the possible of such an event. You must also take into consideration the emotional impact that these events can have on your senior. These emotional impacts can linger for long after the event itself comes to an end, and make a serious impact on their health, well-being, and quality of life moving forward. Focusing on helping your parent recover emotionally from the disaster is an important part of getting them through the situation and minimize the impact moving forward.

Some signs that your aging parent is suffering from serious emotional issues related to a disaster or emergency include:

• Emotional or physical fatigue
• Feeling “drained”
• New difficulty making decisions
• Struggles with staying focused
• Irritability or feeling frustrated
• Increased instance of arguing or lashing out at friends and family
• Feeling sad
• Increased feelings of loneliness or worrying
• Feeling numb or empty
• Marked changes in sleep patterns
• Eating more or less

Use these tips to help your elderly parent recover emotionally from a disaster or emergency:
• Talk to them about what they went through and their reactions
• Reassure them that what they are feeling is normal and that it is alright that they are struggling
• Tell them what you are going through so that they know they are not alone
• Encourage them to seek out support such as in a group or with a therapist if they are having a difficult time

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 you or an aging loved-one care considering hiring home care in Sarasota, FL, talk to the friendly staff at Help at Home Healthcare.

Sarasota, Florida
(941) 388-3117

Bradenton, Florida
(941) 795-7000

Naples, FL 34102

Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN

Administrator at Help at Home Homecare
Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN has over 30 years of experience in health care administration, with 26 years dedicated to clinical and financial oversight of various home health organizations, including Medicare, hospice and private operations. After beginning her home health career with private home health care in Sarasota, Joyce served as Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site, multi-state, Medicare and Private home health organization in regions of the US. She then became Vice President of Clinical Operations of one of the country’s largest hospice operations located in the Tampa area. Prior to leading Help At Home’s private initiative, Joyce initiated multi-site start-up home care operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and licensure, with a strong focus on customer service. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer with concentration on quality improvement of a large Florida based Medicare multi-site organization.

Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. There, she a assumed a faculty and administrative role and later received Hospice Administrator Certification. Her educational background, years of broad-based home care leadership with emphasis on continual improvement and customer service qualifies her to lead Help At Home Homecare in becoming an exceptional provider of private home care services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Joyce lives in Sarasota with her husband, has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.