The current COVID-19 pandemic threatens not only our physical health, but it also has an impact on our emotional and social well-being. This is especially true of the senior members of our families. In an effort to keep older vulnerable members of the family safe, social interactions among family members is now extremely limited. Sheltering at home and physical distancing keeps them from the friends and activities that kept them engaged. We all need companionship during COVID-19.
But these older family members are especially likely to feel the negative impacts of social distancing and isolation. The guidelines in place to keep them safe have only increased the loneliness, anxiety, depression, grief, and chronic stress related to normal aging. Social isolation is a risk factor for premature death, similar to smoking or obesity. All of us need social interaction to thrive, and this is especially true of the elderly.
Benefits of Companionship for the Elderly
Research shows that companionship and social interaction is one of the most important components to living a long, healthy life. Most adults interact with a number of people throughout the day, including family members, friends, and coworkers.
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Seniors often have less interaction with family members on a daily basis and are often home bound, resulting in large periods of isolation. Without frequent and meaningful social interaction, older adults’ cognitive functioning can decline. By providing companionship for the elderly members of our family, we are able to have a positive impact on their mental health and increase their longevity.
Companionship provides an opportunity for social interaction and meaningful connection that results in a vastly improved quality of life for the elderly. A vetted, in-home caregiver can assist by:
- Helping your loved one maintain a routine like getting out bed and dressing. Cooking or gardening.
- Provide safety during outdoor walks.
- Maintain safety protocols during outside activities.
The benefits of companion care are many and include:
- Reduction in depression and isolation.
- Improved cognitive function and lower risk of dementia.
- Lowered risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.
- Faster post-surgery recovery times.
- Sense of security and safety.
- Peace of mind for family members.
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Senior Home Care Provides More Than Just Daily Task Assistance
Companionship is an integral component of senior care. At home care providers offer help with daily tasks such as personal care and senior wellness, as well as housekeeping. More importantly, they provide socialization and a meaningful human connection that is necessary for a high quality of life.
A caregivers’ training ensures they are able to be patient and compassionate. They are great listeners who make wonderful companions for games of cards, walks around the neighborhood, or help working in the flowerbed. Many caregivers are able to offer the daily encouragement and confidence that makes the difference in a senior family member’s ability to thrive and continue to live in their own home.
If you need more information on helping an elderly family member deal with COVID-19 isolation or are interested in ways Arista Home Care Solutions can provide at-home assistance and companionship for your loved one, contact us at (419)-754-1897.