Did you know that seniors who live a positive and healthy social life live longer than those who do not?
It is indeed true that socializing can have a great impact on your physical and mental disposition. Constantly engaging community events or meeting up with friends just to catch up can help you release your stress.
However, what is the downside of this all? It is when most of your seniors are susceptible to loneliness. When you age, you also grow apart from your friends and family. For no particular reasons, you seem to separate yourself from the world because you think that they do not need you anymore.
But at RiteChoice Family Services, Inc., a trusted name in Senior Home Care in Pennsylvania, wants to break such stigma by promoting socialization among seniors. Growing old need not to be boring, you just have to find the right activities to help you make it fun.
Here are some of the ways that you can do to help your senior patients socialize:
1. Know the passion of your patients.
Having a sense of purpose is what often motivates us to be excited for the day. When we have a goal to achieve or when we are looking forward to a particular event, we tend to think less of depression and isolation from others.
As caregivers, it is our task to get to know your patients well and know the things they like. You can discuss their hobbies or any activities they would want to do that they have not done yet because they had to work most of the time before. If you can fit your activities with the physical capabilities of your seniors it will really make a positive outcome for them.
2. Spend a meal with the family.
Another way to promote a social life for seniors is letting them eat with their loved ones. You can encourage the family to visit their senior loved ones at least once a week or if they are living together, you can encourage them to be complete in at least one meal. In this manner, your senior adult will not feel neglected and set aside.
A complete meal together would also pave the way to stronger family bonding and a positive mood for your seniors.
3.Just be their friend.
When no one is available, you can be that someone whom they can talk to. After all, seniors only want genuine companionship. When the days get boring, they need someone who can listen to their stories and sometimes they just need a hug.
Having a companion, according to studies, is beneficial to our health. It is one way of letting out stress by talking about it. Moreover, receiving affection and care is also very important to seniors. It is through touch and words that they can feel they are truly loved.
If you want your seniors to enjoy their social life and maintain good health, let our caregivers at RiteChoice Family Services, Inc. help you. For details, you can check our website at www.ritechoiceservices.com or call us at 267-292-2876.