Seniors should never feel lonely when they have so much to offer the world. Isolation is a growing problem for older adults who sometimes have difficulty making new social contacts as they age. Your senior loved one may need to use these ideas to increase social opportunities after retirement or other life changes that accompany getting older.
1. Plan Weekly Outings in the Community
Able-bodied seniors should get out of the house at least once a week. If you cannot take your loved one out for lunch or a movie once a week, ask someone else to help out. A professional caregiver can take your loved one wherever he or she wants to go to combat loneliness.
New Hampshire senior care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.
2. Help Them Pick Out a Pet
A favorite animal around the house gives your loved one someone to spend time with when he or she is home alone. Pets never judge what a person might say or do, and seniors tend to find that a furry companion is perfect for helping them feel less alone during the day when other people may be busy at work. Your loved one’s pet can also serve as a conversation starter that helps him or her connect with other people.
3. Provide Discreet Incontinence Care
Some seniors may purposely isolate themselves out of the fear of embarrassment that can come with incontinence. However, your loved one’s family and professional caregivers can easily help out with this problem. Talk to your loved one about steps you can take to help him or her feel comfortable in public. For instance, he or she might want to map out routes to the bathroom in a new location and wear clothing that’s easier to change in an emergency.
4. Send Someone to Their Home
Your loved one may initially balk at the prospect of going out and trying to be social. If this is the case, bring the social opportunities to your loved one. For instance, you could have a caregiver stop by to assist with housekeeping while knowing the individual will also engage your loved one with conversations that provide mental stimulation.
Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same homecare services. Families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
5. Promote Brain Health
The cognitive changes that come with age can also increase the risk of isolation. Your loved one needs to be able to put together a conversation that includes recalling memories, interesting facts, and names. Plan for mentally stimulating activities to occur during your loved one’s daily routine. Doing a puzzle with a friend is social, and it helps your loved one maintain mental faculties so he or she is less likely to become isolated.
6. Address Transportation Needs
Housebound seniors have higher rates of isolation, yet some are physically capable of leaving the house with help. Ask your loved one if he or she is staying home more often out of a fear of driving. If so, make arrangements to have a safe ride to the places he or she wants to go each week.
Seniors aren’t the only ones who are at risk of becoming isolated. Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, New Hampshire families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home. Reach out to Home Care Assistance today at (603) 471-3004, and one of our friendly Care Managers would be happy to schedule a free consultation and tell you how we can best assist you and your family.