For seniors, staying socially active is one of the keys to long-term health and happiness. Over the years, countless studies have shown that older adults who maintain strong relationships and remain connected with others experience countless health and lifestyle benefits, including lower rates of chronic disease, lower rates of depression and stress, better heart health, higher life satisfaction, and significantly greater longevity.
In many cases, though, connecting with others is easier said than done. Whether due to changes to their health, distance from their support network, or a lack of transportation, many seniors report that they feel lonely and isolated as they grow older.
If your senior loved one could use some help staying social, home care may be just the right fit! Let’s explore this convenient and affordable type of long-term care, and highlight why it’s such a great way for seniors to connect with their community and build strong, meaningful relationships:
What is Home Care?
Home care is a flexible, convenient, and accessible form of long-term care, designed to help seniors live independently in the comfort and safety of home.
Also called in-home care, non-medical home care and companion care, home care is about connecting seniors with a dependable, friendly companion who can provide exactly the level of support they need, on a flexible schedule that works for their lifestyle. At the same time, home care can help grant some much-needed relief to sandwich generation caregivers who need a chance to rest and refocus on work, family, or their own well-being.
For as little as a few hours a week or as much as 24 hours a day, a senior companion can provide a variety of services intended to help older adults maintain their independence and live an active, fulfilling life, including:
- Transportation and driving services
- Assistance with routine activities of daily living (ADLs), like getting around, bathing, dressing, or grooming
- Meal preparation and service
- Housekeeping and laundry
- Medication and exercise reminders
How Can Home Care Help Seniors Build Stronger Relationships?
Home care for seniors is often also called companion care – because in addition to providing support with ADLs or transportation, this specialized type of long-term care is just as much about helping seniors connect with others!
Home care is a proven way for seniors to build new relationships and strengthen their existing bonds – and live a more independent, rich, and healthy life, as a result. The flexible, convenient services provided through home care can empower older adults to:
Connect With Their Senior Companion
With home care, a senior companion spends time with an older adult in the comfort and safety of their home. While a companion can assist with daily activities and help out around the house, we believe that this service can also go so much further, and provide so much more.
In fact, in addition to being a caregiver, a companion can be a true friend. They’re a smiling face to greet the senior each day, a friendly sidekick for road trips and errands, and a reliable dining companion, whether eating out or staying in. From going on walks, to watching movies, to playing games, a senior companion can be there for your senior loved one, helping provide friendship and emotional support.
Connect With Family
One of the biggest advantages of home care is that it makes it far easier for busy family caregivers to truly connect with their senior loved ones.
With home care, a senior is able to age in place in the comfort and safety of home, rather than uprooting their life to move into an expensive and restrictive institutional care facility. This makes it much easier for family members to continue visiting the senior throughout the year, and for the senior to continue enjoying their lasting relationships with nearby relatives, friends, or neighbors.
What’s more, a senior companion can also provide transportation and assistance for family events. This can be an invaluable resource! From helping give your senior companion a lift before and after the gathering, to offering support throughout that big family reunion or holiday party, a companion can make sure your loved one is well-attended to, so you can focus on enjoying your time together.
Just as importantly? Home care is often called respite care, because it gives family caregivers the chance to step back, relax, and recharge their personal batteries. If you’re struggling to keep up with the workload of caring for an aging loved one, or beginning to feel burnt out or exhausted, a companion can step in and take on some of the responsibilities. This way, you can relax for a bit and come back to caregiving with a full tank – and focus more on connecting personally with your loved one, instead of fretting about their care.
Connect With Community
Nearly 90 percent of older adults say that they want to remain at home as they age. Beyond being comfortable and safe, a senior’s house is often a spot full of love and treasured memories, steeped in long-term relationships and a sense of community.
A senior companion can help an elderly adult to maintain their sense of community as they get older. In addition to spending one-on-one time with the senior, a companion can help make sure that their elderly client is able to get out and enjoy all that their neighborhood has to offer.
Having a companion can make it easier for a senior to host a get-together in their home, or go out and attend volunteer meetings, religious services, or community events. A companion can also make sure that a senior can make it to exercise classes and doctor’s appointments, while also assisting with running errands or organizing day trips to exciting destinations around the area.
Do You Have An Elderly Loved One Who Could Benefit from Companionship?
Looking for a senior companion to help ensure that your senior loved one is able to remain social, connect with their community, and live life to the fullest? Companions for Seniors is here to help!
Our trained and bonded companions are passionate about empowering the elderly to live more independently. Our mission is to help senior adults lead active and enriched lifestyles, by connecting them with their community and helping them to nurture meaningful relationships with their friends, family, and caregivers.
Our companions are available on flexible, accommodating schedules to spend time with the senior in your life. Whether your loved one needs transportation services, a helping hand around the house, or just a friendly face to play games and swap stories, our caregivers can help give your senior loved one the personalized attention and support they need – while giving family members a well-deserved chance to rest and recharge.
Have any questions? Curious about how to set up a personalized care plan for the aging adult in your life? Be sure to get in touch online or give us a call at 866-910-9020 to get the conversation started!