How In-Home Caregivers Support Your Senior’s Socialization

Posted by Machelle Thompson on Aug 4, 2015 8:44:00 AM

caregivers-support-senior-socializationSocial activities are a critical part of your loved one’s at-home care plan. Caregivers develop relationships with the aging adults they care for, but they should also encourage these seniors to engage in healthy activities with peers.                                                                       

If your senior is feeling isolated with only their in-home caregiver for companionship, the caregiver should encourage them to become more social. Many companies who provide caregiver services offer advice to their in-home caregivers on how to speak to aging adults about participating in new activities with friends.

Instead of allowing your loved one to spend too much time alone and potentially suffer negative mental health effects, speak to your elderly home care provider about how in-home caregivers are able to support your senior’s socialization. Learn more about how caregivers help your loved one feel socially fulfilled through peer relationships.

Signs Of Social Reclusion

When seniors begin to slip in terms of memory and physical capabilities, they often don’t want others to see them in this condition. Aging adults who grew up during more severe times may be especially sensitive to showing signs of weakened physical abilities and may be hesitant to use a wheelchair or walker among their social group.

Social reclusion is closely related to senior depression, which is vastly undertreated. Your loved one may become involved in a cycle of depression and isolation in which each condition feeds into the other. You or your senior’s in-home caregiver can offer encouragement to ensure your loved one does not become more depressed or avoid relationships with friends.

In-Home Caregivers Encourage Social Activities

Geriatric care experts recommend socialization for its benefits throughout the overall aging process. Additionally, getting out of the house and spending time with peers promotes improved mental wellness in seniors who have dementia and other similar conditions.

Seniors should not be afraid to reach out to friends in their support network due to social anxiety associated with not knowing how to spend time with peers. Your loved one may find fulfillment in some of the following activities:

  • Joining a club or association
  • Participating in church activities
  • Volunteering
  • Going to the local Senior Center
  • Becoming a member at the YMCA

Seniors in California have many options available to them through organized outings. In the past, Keen Home Care clients have enjoyed going to the Queen Mary to see a Princess Diana exhibit, visiting the Long Beach Museum Of Art for a tour and lunch, and attending the senior center for a big band concert and dancing.

Once your senior begins participating in recreational activities with friends, they may experience an improved quality of life. In-home caregivers are able to attend these social events as well as lunches, movies and family reunions to help your senior with transportation and to provide companionship.

If you have questions about how to support your loved one’s socialization, advanced home care experts are able to offer you guidance. Speak with a Geriatric Care Manager at Keen Home Care to receive more information on helping your loved one build relationships with peers.

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