The Importance of Companionship for Older Adults
Statistics show 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 daily for the next 16 years. That’s the age that traditionally has marked someone as an “older adult.” When you hear that term, what comes to mind? Granted, people age differently than they used to. Still, the term often evokes images of elderly people needing care, medications, doctors, nursing homes, hospice and so forth. While those are the things and the people that keep their bodies healthy, there is something that can keep their minds healthy: companionship.
We generally don’t think of companionship as something essential, but research shows that one of the most important aspects of staying healthy is social interaction — especially when one lives at home. And research shows that’s exactly where nine out of 10 older adults today want to live.
At Legacy Home Care, we specialize in customizing care, and our caregivers are carefully matched to clients. This helps ensure that a natural companionship is formed. Why does this matter so much? As people age and become less and less independent, among the first things they give up are social events. Loss of socialization can lead to a sedentary lifestyle, depression, loneliness, loss of interest in hobbies and isolation. They begin to feel like there is no purpose for them to stay healthy, and of course that results in physical complications.
A companion caregiver is someone with whom they can talk about current events, remember the past, enjoy a simple lunch, attend religious services or just walk around the neighborhood. If you have an elder in your life who is suffering from loneliness, consider calling Legacy Home Care today to discuss our companion caregiving services.
Obviously, our caregivers are more than companions. They do so many things that enable older adults to age in place as long as possible. Caregivers assist with bathing, dressing, errands, light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, transportation to medical appointments, support while in the hospital and more. Some even have accompanied clients on vacations. All care is available 24 hours/day, seven days a week. If you or someone you know is in need of high- quality, flexible care, you can count on Legacy.
Legacy Home Care is part of a comprehensive array of professional services supporting the growing needs of older adults and their caregivers. Supportive counseling, geriatric care management and caregiver support services are available. One of the exceptional offerings is neuropsychological evaluations. These noninvasive, pencil-and-paper type tests help determine why someone is experiencing a decline in memory and cognitive functioning and is highly valued by primary care physicians.
Legacy serves metro Atlanta. For more information about our services, please call 770-677-9353 or email Legacy@jfcs-atlanta.org.