Home Companion Care: Limiting Isolation
How home companion care can help seniors struggling with loneliness while living alone
For seniors who live alone, loneliness is more than a feeling. Chronic loneliness and isolation have been proven to have an impact on physical and mental health. AARP found that up to 1 in 3 adults feel some measure of loneliness, and that number—and the extent of social isolation—increases for seniors who live alone. Studies have shown that isolation can lead to higher rates of depression, increased risk of health complications, and even increased risk of mortality.
Seniors often choose to live alone, maintaining independence and remaining in their homes for longer, which is called aging in place. Aging in place makes many seniors feel like they can retain their sense of normalcy, maintain daily habits, and continue to enjoy their existing lifestyle. But after retirement, loss of a spouse, adult children moving away, and other life changes, seniors can be left with reduced social connections and an increased risk of isolation.
Home companion care is an ideal solution for this problem because it allows seniors to maintain their independence and lifestyle choices while still providing a social connection and health support when needed. At Comfort Keepers, companion care is the heart of what we provide. Our caregivers are dedicated to building relationships with our clients through shared activities, time spent in conversation, or collaborating on a hobby or craft.
Home companion care from Comfort Keepers can also help keep seniors safe and comfortable on a daily basis. From meal preparation to linens changing, mobility assistance, and personal hygiene assistance, any service your loved one needs to maintain good health every day can be provided.
The increased opportunity to socialize through home companion care can be more than just the presence of a caregiver. We also help provide access to community events, day centers and senior centers, social visits, and excursions to local activities. For seniors who live alone, connecting with neighbors and community members can also be helpful in combating isolation.
If you’re helping to care for a loved one who lives alone, learn more about our home companion care can be customized to meet their individual needs. Contact Comfort Keepers of Alpharetta, GA at (770) 232-6360 today to learn more.