Tag Archives: Socialization for Seniors

Combating Elder Loneliness

ImageIs loneliness a concern you have for a parent or an elderly friend? A recent study conducted by the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago showed that elder loneliness can actually be just as detrimental to seniors as other health problems.

At Home Attendant Care, combating elder loneliness is a goal we strive to work towards – because we see firsthand how regular, consistent socialization can have a positive impact on the lives of NW Washington seniors who are aging in place.

In today’s busy world we can’t always be with our loved ones to provide all of the companionship they need, but there are ways to prevent loneliness in their life even when you’re not around. Here are some tips and suggestions:

• Enroll elders in continuing education courses at a local community college, hospital or local senior centers. Not only will this give them the opportunity to connect with others and have conversations, but the classes will keep their mind active. The feelings of accomplishment upon completing a course can also be highly beneficial.

• Get a pet. Dogs and cats are great pets for seniors; fish or birds can also have a positive effect (and they are easier to care for). Not only does a pet offer companionship, studies have shown that having a pet can actually lower blood pressure.

• Find a social circle that meets regularly, such as a church group or book club. Again, this is a great way for elders to connect with their peers.

• Urge other family members or friends to reach out to your loved one. This can be as simple as suggesting they send a greeting card, drop off a meal or simply call to chat for a bit each week. Just knowing that someone is thinking about them can be incredibly beneficial for senior citizens.

• Lastly, consider hiring a part-time caregiver for companionship and socialization. Professional caregivers help combat elder loneliness, monitor medications and check on the overall safety and well-being of seniors who live alone.

Contact Home Attendant Care to learn how our experienced caregivers can help your loved one live a full, active and engaging life from the comfort of their own home.

24-hour care at home – it’s a lifestyle choice

24-Hour Live In Care

When senior citizens need more help at home than can be provided by their loved ones, people often start considering assisted living facilities or nursing homes.  Those facilities can be a great choice for elders with complicated medical needs, but there is another option to consider.

24-hour care at home, provided by professional caregivers, can be an excellent choice for elders who want to continue living life on their own terms.

Personalized care delivered on a round-the-clock basis, helps seniors remain at home, in their surroundings where they are most comfortable and at ease.

There are many benefits to having 24-hour caregivers provide companionship and care to elders. They include:

  • Elderly couples are able to stay together – they can carry on with their lives as they’ve grown used to doing.
  • Family members have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in a familiar environment, while being monitored for health and safety.
  • Seniors can enjoy living life on their own schedule – like being able to get up and go to bed when they want and eat what they want when they want it.
  • Home care can be a less expensive option when compared to assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

At Home Attendant Care we understand that each new phase in life comes with its own gifts and challenges – we believe that support from others can make transition times easier and are happy to be a trusted resource for seniors and their loved ones.

Contact Home Attendant Care to learn how our 24-hour home care services can be a support for your parent, grandparent or other elderly loved one.