Loneliness is bad for your seniors because it can negatively impact mental and physical health, including increased stress, depression, anxiety, and even higher risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cognitive decline. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for many adult children to be around an aging parent 24-7. Luckily, with the help of in-home care providers, your seniors can have help around their home, companionship, and a routine that allows them to see friends and family regularly, which can prevent loneliness.
Here are some of the ways in-home care can help seniors battle loneliness.
In-Home Care Can Help a Senior Communicate
Sometimes your loved one may feel like a burden and start socially distancing themselves from people. Other times it can be because they no longer know how to communicate what they need from others or simply don’t remember how to work a phone or laptop to communicate.
In-home care can help your loved one dial phone numbers, remind a senior to call people, or encourage them to check their emails to communicate with people outside of their home. They are professional companions who can encourage your loved one to make healthy choices, including communicating with others. Mental health is an important part of senior care, and one of the best ways to focus on mental clarity and health is through socialization.
They Can Take Them To New Hobbies
Even during their final stages of life, a senior should have something to focus on, like a hobby. Their hobbies may change as time goes on, but they may need encouragement to try new things or get to places where they can participate in their new hobbies. In-home care can provide non-medical transportation for seniors meaning that if a senior wants to go to the community center for certain activities and events.
Hobbies offer opportunities for social interaction, skill development, and personal fulfillment. Finding new hobbies can help seniors prevent loneliness by allowing them to meet new people who enjoy the same things. Another place to look for hobbies is at the library, where they may host local activities and events along with the community center. Seniors benefit from having a hobby as it provides a sense of purpose, engagement, and mental stimulation, which can ward off boredom and depression, enhance cognitive function, and contribute to a higher quality of life during retirement years.
Caregivers Can Help a Senior Develop a Routine Including Calls
Having any routine is crucial for a senior but can be challenging to stick to without help. In-home care can help develop a routine your senior likes and enjoys, but then they can also help a senior stick to the routine with gentle reminders on what they should be doing. This routine can include going to hobbies or calling people.
If you don’t live close to your senior but want to set aside one day a week to chat with your loved one, you should get in-home care involved. Tell them your schedule and when the best time to chat on the phone is and then stick to it so your mom or dad has something to look forward to.