Companion Care from Comfort Keepers of Anderson, SC
Learn how companion care helps seniors avoid isolation and maximize their quality of life.
As people age, many friends and family members move or pass on. Too often, this leads to a senior's social circle shrinking until they are the only ones left in it. When this happens, a senior no longer has a large social network they can count on for companionship. This can lead to social isolation and loneliness.
Companion Care in Anderson County, SC
It is important to understand that isolation and loneliness are two distinct issues. Some seniors can be physically alone and not feel lonely. Others can be surrounded by people and feel all alone. This means that loneliness cannot simply be addressed by putting more people in a senior's life. The key to addressing both social isolation and loneliness is quality not quantity. Seniors needs meaningful social, emotional, and cognitive engagement. This is where Comfort Keepers companion care comes in.
While Comfort Keepers companion care can address a senior's need for daily living support, such as light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, and personal care, they can also provide much needed companionship and help a senior avoid isolation. This is because Comfort Keepers caregivers take the time to find out what a senior is truly passionate about, what they like, what they dislike, and what they define as meaningful.
Why is this so important? According to the AARP, warding off isolation in seniors, especially senior women, is not just effective at combatting loneliness, but it also lowers the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. In fact, "Researchers reported that older women who maintained large social networks reduced their risk of dementia and delayed or prevented cognitive impairment...and women who had daily contact with friends and family cut their risk of dementia by almost half." Additionally, seniors who are socially active and enjoy frequent interaction with a companion tend to have a significantly greater quality of life.
For more information on Comfort Keepers companion care services, their trademarked Interactive Caregiving model, or to schedule a free in-home consultation, contact a friendly and knowledgable senior care coordinator, today.