At Destiny we enjoy special one-on-one time with our seniors. That means quality companionship Listening, laughing, and chatting about our agenda for the day is always fun. Being genuine, friendly, nurturing, and always with a positive attitude is what Destiny exemplifies.

Companionship counts!

At Destiny we enjoy special one-on-one time with our seniors.

Annie and friend

Many seniors today have gone through the journey of life and fondly remember cherished moments. Many got married and now the children have left the nest. For some seniors living alone, they face loneliness and a lack of companionship. They might be healthy, but if they lack the ability to get out of the house, the days can be long.

This can be a great problem. The Chicago Tribune reported that,

“According to a 2018 AARP Foundation survey, roughly one-third of older adults in the United States are socially isolated, a state that is linked to increased health risks, including heart disease, cancer, depression, diabetes and suicide.”

Does your mom or dad need companionship?

Home care is a perfect remedy for this. At Destiny Senior Care, we ensure that our seniors are made to feel welcome and worthy. This starts with matching your loved one with a caretaker whose personality seems to fit them well. Thus, the time spent together might mean playing a board game, preparing food together, or just chatting about what comes up.

“A cheerful heart is good medicine”

– Proverbs 17:22

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The word companion which has both French and Latin origins. It means literally “one who breaks bread with another.” The Latin com means “together with” and panis means “bread.”

Eating together is one of the cherished activities of friends. What greater way for a senior to enjoy friendship is there than to sit down for a meal with their caretaker?

“It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. “

– Julia Child

We all need companionship. A person who lives alone, especially with limited transportation, can often become lonely, depressed, and suffer worsening health.

Dangers of Elderly Living Alone

Imagine an elderly person who has raised a family and whose spouse dies. The days become long and uneventful. Such a person could be a grandmother or grandfather, but for some reason their children or grandchildren cannot visit very often.

This occurs often. The elderly population is large and growing larger, due to advancements in health care education, according to the National Institutes of Health, which said in a study,

Many people experience loneliness and depression in old age, either as a result of living alone or due to lack of close family ties and reduced connections with their culture of origin, which results in an inability to actively participate in the community activities.

The study said that the elderly preferred remaining engaged in social interactions.

Ten Ways to Overcome Isolation

Zara Lewis, a caregiver to her mother-in-law who writes in the Daily Caregiver, suggests ten ways to overcome isolation and depression.

  1. Treat sleeping problems
  2. Promote a sense of purpose
  3. Encourage social interaction
  4. Keep them physically active
  5. Make sure they eat healthy
  6. Entrust them with a chore
  7. Show them they’re loved
  8. Seek professional help
  9. Keep an eye on pills
  10. Consider home care

The last option is the one that we at Destiny Senior Care seek to supply. Our caregivers are trained to interact socially with their senior, to make sure they stay healthy with proper eating and exercise, and keep an eye on them, watching for any danger signs.

Advantages of the Companionship of a Caregiver

If you are caring for your aging parent, you will likely find that they need help before you or they expect to need it. The elderly are like all of us: we don’t like to complain, or admit that we are in need of a friend or helper, or that we are in any kind of danger.

Here are five reasons why a caregiver who offers companionship might be a good option at this time in your senior’s life.

  1. They need social interaction, as evidenced by their being listless or inattentive.
  2. A caretaker not only interacts with them but can help with chores around the house, such as light housecleaning or making simple meals.
  3. It’s good for mom or dad to become accustomed to a part-time caretaker now, because they might need longer daily visits, or full-time care as they decline in age.
  4. A caretaker can give you a third opinion about solutions to problems involving your loved one.
  5. A caretaker who is seen arriving at the home every day is a deterrent to criminals who victimize the vulnerable.

A Harvard study said that there is a growing need for home care services in suburban and rural areas. The study said that older adults who live in these areas are less likely to have access to the services they need to age in place. And aging populations are growing there faster than in urban areas.

“From 2000 to 2016, the number of adults 65 or older living in low-density metro areas increased by more than 6 million people, totaling about 15 million. Additionally, another 8 million seniors live in non-metro areas, according to the report.”

Homeowners’ desire to age in place was a driving force for growth in these areas, according to the report. In 2017, less than 4% of those over 65 had moved in the past year.

One factor that will drive home care services in the years ahead is that lower-density areas are more difficult to service by social service agencies and typically provide few housing options other than single-family homes.

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day, a growing number of seniors will need access to supportive services such as home care.

And as baby boomers begin to turn 80 in the decade ahead, growing numbers of seniors will need in-home care to achieve their goal of aging in place.

Why choose home care? It provides companionship – necessary for a happy life!

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

– Khalil Gibran

To find out if Destiny Senior Care can meet your needs, call us at the number at the top of this page, or fill out the form on our contact page, or click here to set up a phone appointment.

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