Seniors become isolated for so many reasons. They retire from their jobs and no longer socialize with coworkers who still hold jobs. Neighbors and friends move to new towns, states, or countries to be closer to their children and grandchildren. An injury or illness forces a senior to become homebound while they recover.
How Serious an Issue is Isolation?
The AARP reports that almost 2 out of every 10 older Americans are isolated. There are two groups that have a higher risk of becoming isolated. They are:
- Men and women who are divorced, widowed, or separated from a spouse
- Men and women who are disabled
Elderly men and women who are isolated have a higher risk of developing a chronic illness or becoming depressed. In addition, there have been links between declining cognitive function and isolation in women.
What Can You Do to Prevent Isolation?
Start by looking to see why your parents are isolated. Can they still drive? If not, it’s worth looking at caregivers who offer transportation services. Caregivers offer more than that, but a safe ride to shops, medical and dental offices, and area attractions is one way to prevent isolation.
If your parent is isolated because they don’t have friends in the area, bring them to a senior center. There, they can socialize with other seniors during a luncheon, dance, or group outing. A small fee may be required, but it’s worth it.
Maybe your parents live out in the country where there’s no public transportation or neighbors close by. If this is the case, your parents may be ready to downsize to a smaller home closer to the city or town. A condo or townhome can be an ideal option as someone else tends to take care of the mowing, shoveling, sanding/deicing, and exterior upkeep.
If a chronic illness or injury forced your parent to stay home, one of the best ways to ease isolation is by hiring a caregiver. Caregivers can help with transfers, meal preparation, and housework. In addition, they keep a senior company. Your parent has someone to watch movies with, play games with, or simply enjoy a lively discussion.
Learn more about the services and benefits caregivers offer. You can discuss schedules and pricing and see what fits into your parents’ budget. Remember that you get to choose how often and when a visit from a caregiver is best. Your parents don’t lose independence or privacy with home care services. Call a home care agency to get started.
If You Or An Aging Loved One Are Considering Hiring Professional Caregivers in Palm Beach, FL, Please Contact The Caring Staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at 561-829-3080 Today.