Elder Care in Redding CT: How Family Caregivers can Help Elderly Loved Ones Who are Facing Isolation


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How Family Caregivers can Help Elderly Loved Ones Who are Facing Isolation

Elder Care in Redding CT

Elder Care in Redding CTIsolation is common among the elderly for many reasons. Medical conditions may prevent them from driving a car or leaving the house and, if they have lost a spouse, they be less apt to go out and do social activities. In addition, without having a job to go to each day can make them feel less connected to peers than they used to be. However, social isolation can have harmful effects on the health of the elderly. Isolation and loneliness can lead to depression, anxiety, hopelessness and even a lack of personal care or care for one’s own health. As a family caregiver, it can be painful to see your elderly loved one facing isolation, as your desire is that they continue to live an enriching and happy life even as they age. The good news is that there are many things family caregivers can do to help their elderly loved ones who are facing isolation, and here are just a few examples:

Offer to Drive

In many instances, elderly adults live in isolation due to their lack of transportation. If you can, offer to drive your elderly loved one to places such as a fitness center, the mall for walking, a restaurant to meet up with friends, etc. If you do not have the time to dedicate to providing them with regular transportation, see if you can get help from a home care agency. Some home care aides are able to help with transportation and even running errands. 

Consider a Pet

Pet ownership can help your elderly loved one combat loneliness and feelings of isolation. Pets such as dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and even guinea pigs can provide your loved one with companionship and something to care for, which can boost self-esteem. If your loved one is unable to care for a pet, contact your local animal shelter to see if they have a pet therapy program so that your loved one can visit animals without committing to their care.

Encourage Social Activities

If your elderly loved one is reluctant to participate in social activities, it is up to you to be encouraging. Help them to find groups or activities that they might enjoy and then go along with them if it would make them more comfortable. Some great social activities for elderly adults include fitness classes for seniors, support groups, going to a place of worship, doing volunteer work, or joining a book club.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Redding, CT, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.

Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury
Jim Crossett, Owner, SYNERGY HomeCare Danbury

Our entire staff at SYNERGY HomeCare wishes to extend our warmest welcome to you and your family as you search for the best home care services for your loved one in need.

I am Jim Crossett, president of SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, Connecticut. From our conveniently located office, we serve the residents of Fairfield County including the areas of Danbury, Ridgefield, Redding, New Milford and Southbury.

As you begin your selection process for the perfect living assistance for you senior family member, you are joining the ranks of many concerned children searching for non-medical in-home help. The Danbury area is home to many senior citizens and their families who are looking for a method of care that allows them to stay in the comfort of their residence. Your elderly loved one means a great deal to you and you will not be satisfied with anything but the best for them. At SYNERGY HomeCare, we go beyond your expectations and exceed the high standards you have set for their proper care.

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