When people get older and retire, they often become socially isolated. Without the need to go to work every day, many seniors find themselves spending the vast majority of their time at home. If family and friends do not live nearby, seniors may go for long periods of time without having any significant social interaction with others. That can cause stress and can affect the senior’s mental health.
How a Caregiver Can Help Your Loved One
If you are concerned that your loved one is becoming socially isolated, a caregiver from Dependable Care can help. A companion can make sure your family member stays engaged in his or her community.
A caregiver can provide transportation to visit family and friends if your loved one is no longer able to drive because of vision problems or other limitations. A companion can also accompany your family member on visits to the local senior center where he or she can interact with fellow seniors.
Many people enjoy going out to eat with family and friends. A companion can drive your family member to a local restaurant and share a meal and pleasant conversation. Family and friends can be invited along to share a visit.
Communities all over Connecticut sponsor events for their residents. A caregiver can accompany your loved one to see a movie, play, or concert at a movie theater, performing arts center, or school in the area.
Time spent outdoors can lift a person’s spirits and provide physical activity that can be beneficial to health. A companion can take your loved one to a park for a short walk or just to spend time outdoors enjoying the beauty of nature.
When seniors spend a lot of time at home alone, they may be reluctant at first to get out and participate in activities with others. A caregiver can gently encourage your loved one to spend time with others if he or she has reservations. Many seniors find it easier to get out in their community if they have a companion to help and share in conversation.
Contact Dependable Care to Find the Right Companion for Your Loved One
Dependable Care has a team of trained and compassionate caregivers who have helped seniors all over Connecticut. A companion can make sure your loved one is getting out of the house on a regular basis to enjoy spending time with others and participating in activities in the community. If you are concerned that your loved one is becoming socially isolated, contact Dependable Care today so we can find a companion to help your family member stay engaged in the community.