It is common for seniors who live alone to experience feelings of isolation, loneliness, and depression. If your elderly loved one experiences these negative emotions, it’s important to take steps to help him or her feel happier. To help ensure you can promote your senior loved one’s sense of wellbeing, the senior care experts at Fort Myers Home Care Assistance share four strategies for mitigating seniors’ feelings of isolation.
1. Provide Reliable Transportation
A lack of reliable transportation is a main reason for many seniors’ feelings of isolation, leaving them unable to leave the home. Have family members or a part-time caregiver in Fort Myers provide transportation to social gatherings, like family events and bingo, to support his or her ability to maintain social ties.
2. Promote a Sense of Purpose
Research shows that having some level of responsibility can promote feelings of purpose and diminish feelings of loneliness and depression, so if your elderly loved one has a hobby, volunteers, or has another commitment, he or she will be less likely to experience feeling lonely. Additionally, as many hobbies are social in nature, your loved one can reap the benefits of socializing and having a sense of purpose at the same time.
3. Inform Neighbors
When seniors have mobility or cognitive challenges, they are more likely to face feelings of isolation, as it is more difficult for them to safely and independently leave the home. Make it a point to introduce your senior loved one to his or her neighbors within a block radius and ask them if they could check in on and chat with your loved one occasionally. This way, you can have peace of mind knowing there are people nearby to help your loved one if he or she needs it and your loved one will have new companions to spend time with.
4. Prioritize Mealtimes
Urge your senior loved one to share meals with others. Whether he or she dines a couple of times of the week with family members or at a senior center with friends, having set dinner dates with companions will give your elderly relative something to look forward to and reduce feelings of loneliness. As many seniors also experience a diminished appetite and dislike eating by themselves, dining with others can help ensure your senior loved one is eating enough.
If you’re concerned that your elderly loved one feels isolated living alone in his or her own home, consider reaching out to Home Care Assistance. In addition to providing assistance with a range of everyday tasks in the home, our professional Fort Myers 24/7 caregivers can also provide emotional support and companionship for your elderly loved one, ensuring that he or she never has to feel alone. To learn more about our senior care services, give a compassionate Care Manager a call at (239) 449-4701 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.