It is not a secret that friendships bring us great joy in our life. We start making friends from the time we are kids throughout the rest of our lives. It is always nice to have a bond with someone who you can talk to, spend time with, and rely on. As you get older, friendships become more and more important. You figure out who your real friends are and aren’t, you may lose contact with some friends and maybe you make some new ones along the way.
Did you know that Advantage Home Care offers companionship services? Our caregivers come in and provide services that enhance health and happiness, decrease loneliness and depression, and allow individuals to stay in their homes longer therefore improving the quality of life. It is often that older adults suffer from depression because of a general lack of interaction with others and the inability to be active in a social community.
Companionship is important for older adults. Not only does it help to have someone to enjoy hobbies with but having friends and companionship leads to a better quality of life. Often, older adults feel like they are no longer needed as they age and their children and grandchildren become more independent. Having regular social interaction will help them feel a better sense of worthiness, independence, and happiness. There are physical and emotional benefits of having regular contact and interaction with others. People are happier when they have someone to talk to and enjoy things with. It helps physically because someone may notice any physical changes or changes in mood that could possibly be a problem. It is also more likely that friends will share any concerns for their own well-being or health with each other.
Some of our most popular Companionship services are meal preparation, tuck-in, and entertainment. Does your loved one no longer care to prepare their own meals or are they not capable of doing so? Our caregivers will assist with preparing meals as well as engaging in a nice dinnertime conversation. Nights are a lonely time for those who live by themselves. Our Tuck-In service is when a caregiver will come in, prepare a snack, get an individual dressed for bed, assist them to bed if needed, and spend time with them until they fall asleep. They can also come in at any time to provide companionship by playing games, cards, working on puzzles, creating scrapbooks and crafts, watch TV, read, or participate in other hobbies that the individual is interested in.
Other companionship services we offer include; answering the door or telephone, monitoring a calendar for appointments and events, monitor TV usage, organize mail, arrange appointments, monitor diet and eating, buy magazines, book, and newspapers, record family history, conversation and fellowship, help with letter writing and correspondence and rent and watch movies. This is a great way to maintain social interaction regularly, while also having someone who will recognize changes in mood, physical ability or general health.
It is helpful if an individual has family and friends close by to spend time with, but a lot of people do not have that. Their family is busy or lives far away. Their friends are aging and may not be able to get together because of health or mobility concerns. Unfortunately, this is a reality for many older adults, but there are resources out there that can help.
If you or someone you know would benefit from Companionship services, contact us today!