Washington Home Care Prevents Social IsolationNot surprisingly, senior loneliness is all too common. Major life changes such as retiring, loss of family and friends, and giving up the keys when it’s no longer safe to drive often result in social isolation. And alarmingly, the effects are more serious than you might think, running the gamut from an increased risk of contracting viruses, to a faster progression of cancer, and even to a heightened risk of suicide. At Cascade Companion Care, we’re well aware of this epidemic and want to do all we can to combat it! If someone you love seems to be suffering from loneliness or social isolation, try the tips below, recommended by the National Council on Aging:
  1. Find and participate in social opportunities provided by senior centers, which offer group lunches and other activities.
  2. Implement an innovative senior visitation program, such as the National Institute of Senior Centers’ “Home Tea,” in which homebound seniors are visited by volunteers with tea to share and an inspirational card.
  3. Provide a homebound senior with some simple instruction on setting up and utilizing a Facebook account, which can open up a whole new world of interaction. Cascade Companion Care can provide this service, and also offers a number of resources on our Facebook page.
  4. Partner with a local high school for intergenerational relationship building. A senior center in New York City, for example, matches up visually impaired seniors with high school students who spend time reading to them, opening mail, and accompanying them to appointments.
  5. Utilize home care services, such as Cascade Companion Care provides, for outings to visit friends or to enjoy an event and much needed companionship at home.
For more ideas on breaking the chains of social isolation, read the full article from Huffington Post. And for compassionate, caring companionship for your senior loved one in Northwest Washington, call us at 425-361-0044, or fill out our simple contact form to let us know how we can help.