We've spoken before about the issue of loneliness that senior citizens often face. While hiring in-home senior care can go a long way towards ensuring your senior relative's needs are taken care of, there are other steps you can also take to alleviate any feelings of loneliness they may experience, such as:
Providing Them With A Pet
Loneliness can lead to your elderly loved one wondering if there is any purpose left to live for. To prevent such thoughts, you can provide them a pet to take care of. The time spent nurturing the pet will distract your senior family member from lonely thoughts and provide them with a daily purpose.
Employing Adaptive Technologies To Enable Social Interaction
In addition to providing professional senior care giving to help alleviate loneliness, it is essential to ensure your elderly loved one has access to walkers, hearing aids, chair elevators and other such pieces of modern technology can help compensate for any physical and mental disabilities your relative may suffer from. Provide them with as many of such technologies as possible to reduce their dependence on others and inspire self-confidence. Adaptive technologies allow for your senior family member to be mobile and alert to be able to socially interact with ease.
Being Physically Demonstrative
Your elderly loved one needs reminders that they are still valuable in your family life and that they are not as alone as they might believe. Demonstrate this with frequent displays of affection in the form of hugs, kisses and time spent in their company.
Remember that while loneliness is not a medical problem in itself, prolonged bouts of loneliness can lead to depression and a general disinterest in continuing to live. So any effects of loneliness your senior family member may experience must be alleviated as quickly as possible.
For more information, feel free to contact us via Facebook or call (707) 205-4343 to set up a in-home assessment. Whether you need a companion senior care giver or respite care for your elderly loved one, Home Care Advantage is hear to help. We provided 24/7 elderly in home care for many cites and towns Sonoma County region, from Santa Rosa, to Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Windsor, Occidental, Sonoma and more. We customize our senior care giving services to whatever your elderly loved one needs. Don’t try to go it alone, let us help you today!