Social isolation is one of the leading causes of loneliness and depression among the elderly. Because these emotions often lead to more serious health concerns, it’s important to keep seniors socially connected and ensure they have purpose in their lives each day. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care Toronto families trust, suggests a few ways you can help cheer your senior loved one up when he or she is feeling lonely.
Encourage Meeting Other Seniors
To combat loneliness and cheer your loved one up, consider setting up a meet-and-greet with other local seniors. For instance, if your loved one lives in an apartment building, host a lunch event that allows him or her to meet elderly neighbors with similar interests.
Utilize Modern Technology
Most seniors can learn how to use a computer or smartphone to contact friends and family members. If your loved one is able to use modern technology, set up a few basic accounts, such as a free account on a video chat service, and schedule a regular time to contact him or her. If your loved one isn’t technologically savvy, write letters, send postcards, and call frequently to help him or her feel happy and socially connected.
Adopt a Pet
Pets can offer your loved one companionship and help him or her find a sense of purpose in life. Before adopting, consider your loved one’s living space and personal health. Dogs are best for seniors with fenced-in yards or for those who can go on walks regularly, cats may be more appropriate for seniors who are housebound, and birds and aquatic animals like fish or frogs are low-maintenance pets to consider for seniors with limited mobility.
Hire a Caregiver
If your loved one has any health conditions that require some level of supervision, a Toronto in-home caregiver can provide companionship and assistance with difficult tasks. A caregiver can spend a few hours a day with your loved one or provide him or her with 24-hour care if necessary. To choose someone your loved one enjoys spending time with, interview prospective caregivers carefully. You want to feel confident your loved one receives the care he or she needs to live a healthy lifestyle.
Cheering up a lonely senior may be as simple as receiving help with tasks like cooking and cleaning or having someone who can take part in regular meaningful conversations. If your loved one needs more social stimulation in his or her life, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a trusted provider of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Toronto, and our compassionate caregivers are available around the clock to provide the companionship and support your loved one needs. For more information and to request a no-obligation consultation, call (416) 488-8777 today.