When seniors choose spend their elderly years at home, their in home care service providers need to encourage them to stay connected to people in their communities. Whether this means they stay in touch with their neighbors or they use public transportation to get around to favorite locations, seniors need to stay connected to stay mentally and physically healthy.
Community Connections Make Life More Fun
In home care service providers are the key to keeping seniors socially active and connected to their community. Since in home care service providers are more physically able than their senior loved ones, they need to let neighbors know about their senior charges. In many neighborhoods, there are groups of people who will take time to visit the seniors who live nearby. Some neighbors might choose to visit once or twice a week for coffee, some might bring lunch or dinner over, and some will send their children to help take care of the yard. Knowledge is power and when people know who is living in their neighborhoods, they often go above and beyond to make sure that those in need are taken care of on a regular basis.
Eating with Friends
If neighbors are not able to visit seniors who are receiving in home care services, it is important that seniors have opportunities to eat meals with someone. Churches will often reach out to seniors who are living at home on their own; many churches have committees with people who will bring meals to seniors that are considered homebound. There are also social media websites that help families and friends organize meal deliveries; seniors truly do appreciate when the meals are not only delivered, but when the deliverers share the fellowship of eating the meal with them. When seniors are able to share meals with friends, families, church members, or other people in the community, they tend to eat more nutritious meals as well as benefit from the social interaction.
Meet Me at Mickie-D’s
Another great way for seniors to stay connected to their communities is to become a regular at a local restaurant. Even if seniors are no longer able to drive, they can pick a restaurant that is in walking distance or on the bus route. It is very common to see seniors enjoying coffee at local McDonald’s franchises or at donut shops because it helps them stay connected. In home care service providers can drive their seniors to the local donut shop and arrange for pick up, too. This gives home service care providers time to take care of the house and it gives seniors time to feel like a part of the community.
When seniors are able to visit with other people, they report having a better quality of life than seniors who are isolated in their homes. In home care providers have a responsibility to their loved ones to encourage and help them stay connected to their community in any way possible.
Care Connection provides home care services in Okemos, MI. For more information about our caregiver services, please call us today at (517) 489-2489.