As people age, they start to lose physical strength and mobility, making it difficult and dangerous for them to live alone. They become prone to several risks such as physical injuries, developing feelings of loneliness as a result of social isolation, and are at a higher risk for developing depression and coronary heart disease. Caretakers don’t only look after older adults physically, but they also play a major role as their companions.
Several studies have shown that being mentally active can help fight and reduce the risk of developing dementia and memory loss. Playing word games such as Scrabble, Sudoku and crosswords, or putting together a puzzle, positively challenge elderly brains. These games engage and exercise the parts of the brain responsible for problem solving, planning, organization and creative thinking.
Physical Health and Safety
Studies have shown that companionship greatly benefits seniors as it reduces the risk of developing coronary heart disease and strokes. Companions help ensure the safety of the elderly in their own homes by preventing falls that can severely fracture bones, as well as other safety hazards such as switching off electrical items that may cause fires.
Help with Daily Tasks
As they age, seniors tend to have difficulties with daily tasks such as getting dressed and brushing their teeth. Caregivers ensure that seniors continue their daily routines by providing support when necessary but also by allowing seniors to feel like they’re living independently and comfortably. As a result, seniors improve their outlook on life and boost their confidence.
Caregivers have the ability to plan activities or trips, to accompany them to religious services, or to other activities such as going to the movies or having lunch. Seniors can continue to engage in social activities in the community without going alone and feeling lonely. This prevents seniors from experiencing boredom which consequently results in social isolation and depression. Instead,it boosts motivation to remain active and engaged with their community.
Peace of Mind/ Sense of Security
In addition to the patients themselves, families experience greater peace and confidence when they use companionship services because they know that someone trusted is always present with their loved one. Thanks to modern technology, they’re provided with constant and instant updates whenever a concern or emergency arises. The elderly are provided with a sense of security because they know that there’s always someone in the house who will keep them safe and help them when necessary.