Keeping Seniors Social and In Home Help
Many of our elders have shown a strong desire to remain in the comforts of their home for as long as possible. With the help of a family or professional caregiver, this is possible even for those who are coping with dementia related disease and recovering from illness or surgery. Loss of social contact can create feelings of isolation and loneliness so it is important to maintain daily activities and socialization.
When possible, check out community activities and events near your elderly loved one’s home. Many suburban areas provide senior centers and great opportunities to connect with new friends. Social games such as bingo and other entertainment are usually offered. It can be helpful to accompany your senior loved one the first few times to help them get used to the place and feel more comfortable.
Other social activities that will help combat loneliness at home for an elderly loved one is to bring them along to any events they may enjoy such as concerts, community festivals, comedy and other forms of fun are best experienced with company. Look for tickets to events your loved one may enjoy and arrange transportation when necessary. Doing these things with a family loved one will help to ease any nervousness that may come along with new activities.
It comes as no surprise that social media apps on smartphones are some of the most used on a daily basis by many people. We like to feel connected at all times. It may be helpful to show a senior loved one how to navigate these platforms to help them feel connected to family members who may live far away. It is also helpful to show how to use the webcam for possible family live video calling. Face-to-face time, even electronically makes the time spent feel more personal.
If you and your family are worried about your loved one’s overall wellbeing as they learn to cope with a dementia related disease. There is no need to fear. You can rest assured that studies have proven that social and productive activities that involved little or no enhancement of fitness offer the same benefits as fitness activities do. Productive activities are as effective as fitness activities in lowering the risk of death. Enhanced social and productive activities may help to increase the quality and length of your elderly loved one’s life.
If you would like to learn more about caring and consistent in home help for the elderly and the many benefits of professional in home senior care, call Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara to speak to a senior care specialist today 805-687-7777! In home senior care and in home assisted living allows your loved one to stay in the comforts of their own home for as long as possible while receiving the level of care they need. When you and your family are considering the many options available to help your elderly loved one cope with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related disease, look to Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara, to make a customized care plan complete with Senior Gems geared to their ability level. Senior Helpers of Santa Barbara proudly offers in home senior care to all areas of Santa Barbara. Services are available on a long or short term basis with no contract to sign and flexibility in scheduling. Call 805-687-7777 today to learn more about productive activities to help your elderly loved one to find a sense of value and purpose in their life.