How to Combat Senior Isolation

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Isolation places seniors at risk for serious issues with their physical and mental health. Seniors who are isolated from others may begin to do things such as skip meals out of loneliness. They may also lose the motivation to stay healthy when they think nobody cares. Even seniors who are loved by many people can sometimes become isolated, and these strategies can help every older adult receive the socialization they need to feel cherished.

Identify Solutions to Challenges with Going Out

Seniors might become isolated due to challenges that are easily correctable. For instance, your aging loved one might decide to stop visiting friends if he or she is nervous about driving. Hiring a professional caregiver to drive to and from events may make your loved one more likely to go out and socialize. 

Your loved one may also have difficulty getting dressed or washing his or her hair. A professional home caregiver can provide hygiene care to help your loved one feel confident about his or her appearance in public.

Families who need help caring for senior loved ones can turn to Assisting Hands Home Care, a leading provider of elderly home care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more.

Utilize Online Communication

Seniors no longer have to feel alone when they’re at home. They can use online resources to stay in touch with other people. Show your loved one how to set up an online profile on a social media platform you know his or her friends and family use. As you do so, make sure to talk about online safety to avoid having your loved one become targeted by scammers. Then encourage your loved one to respond to posts and share a few of his or her own on a regular basis to enjoy a quick boost of social activity when feeling lonely.

Provide a Daily or Weekly Companion

Ideally, your loved one should see or speak to someone every day. However, this might not always be able to be accomplished by just your family alone. Depending on your busy schedule, you might need to have someone stop by and share meals with your loved one each day. Alternatively, your loved one may just need a weekly visit to fill in the gaps when you cannot be there. Either way, your loved one may grow to view his or her companion as a special friend to rely on for good conversation.

For many families, senior care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Assisting Hands Home Care, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home

Find Things to Talk About

Speaking of conversations, your loved one may also find it intimidating to socialize when he or she lacks things to say. Seniors who are active during the day have more things to talk about, which can drive their interest in socializing. Help your loved one find hobbies or read news sources that provide interesting things to share with the people he or she interacts with. Your loved one can even take a class to combine the need for socialization with the desire to have new things to say at social events.

One of the best ways to prevent isolation in seniors is to provide trusted companions, and in-home caregivers can be an ideal option. Elder care professionals can be a wonderful boon to seniors. Whether they require around-the-clock supervision or just need assistance with exercise and household tasks a few days a week, seniors can enjoy a higher quality of life with the help of trusted in-home caregivers. Call Assisting Hands Home Care today to learn about our high-quality home care services.

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