Home Care 101 - Article 3

The Importance of Socialisation and Relationships for the Elderly

While physical activity is needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle, social activities play an important part also. Everyone, no matter his or her age, needs some type of social life. Socialisation for the elderly is just as important as it is for the younger generation. When seniors socialise, they enrich their lives. There are many benefits for seniors that come from socialising.

When the elderly are living away from family, they still do need friends and companions. Having someone to talk with, share a meal with, and having outside interests helps seniors have happier and healthier lives. It helps them feel loved, supported, and needed. The connections to people and activities give seniors a purpose and something to look forward to. It keeps them from feeling isolated and alone. Social activities help the elderly stay mentally sharp and 'connected'.

Activities including games, walking, volunteering, reading, and even talking with others are necessary for everyone including the elderly. As we age, the importance of being socially active is more important than ever. Feeling needed and productive helps seniors lead happier lives. It helps their emotional well-being. This lessens stress and anxiety.

The more socially active the elderly are the less likely they are to become depressed. Depression, stress, and isolation can lead to other health issues. This can happen easily to seniors living away from family. Whether seniors are living alone and receiving home care, in some type of senior housing, a retirement village, or nursing home, they need to interact with other people.

Right at Home Australia provides services to assist with socialisation such as our companion care services:

Companions may be hired to work in a variety of settings, including the client's own home, nursing homes, assisted living communities and hospitals. Their duties range from:

  • medication reminders
  • shopping,
  • cooking,
  • transport,
  • light cleaning,
  • simple companionship
  • socialisation.
Socialisation

This includes any activity where the client has the opportunity to get out of the home to socialise; Visiting friends, Coffee, Theatre, RSL, Library, Art Galleries and similar activities.

Cognitive stimulation

This includes any activity to help with mental stimulation, such as; Puzzles, Scrabble, Bridge, Cards and Reading.

Organisation

Right at Home Australia can help with the planning of clients daily activities. This would include visits to the doctor, hair salon, bank, podiatrist or physiotherapist as the case may be.

Respite care for family caregivers

Right at Home Australia can help family caregivers with the essential breaks they need from the pressure of looking after their loved ones.

To find out more about our home care services and the high quality and variety of care that Right at Home Australia can provide, give us a call on 1300 362 609 or visit our website http://www.rightathomeaustralia.com.au

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