Does it seem that your elderly loved one is sad? Maybe they are feeling down most of the time. If this is the case, they might be feeling lonely. They may even tell you that they are lonely. As a family caregiver, it would be a good idea to determine why your elderly loved one is lonely. If you figure out the reason, you can make a plan to help them feel less lonely.
Not Able to Drive
When your elderly loved one was driving, did they go visit their friends and family members often? Did they go to town to shop or to just waste time? If so, now that your elderly loved one can’t drive, they may be feeling lonely. They are stuck at home much more now than they used to be. They aren’t able to see people as often. If this is the case, one thing that might help is hiring senior care providers. The providers can take your elderly loved ones to visit their friends and family members, so they can socialize.
Your elderly loved one might have physical limitations that make it difficult for them to spend time with others. They might have chronic pain or another physical health issue. It can be difficult to get out of their house on some days. If this is the case for your elderly loved one, hiring senior care providers could give them someone to spend time with. The providers can come to their home and play games or just talk with your loved one.
If your elderly loved one has poor hearing, they might choose not to spend a lot of time around others. Your elderly loved one might feel embarrassed that they need to keep asking others what they said. For this reason, they may avoid social situations altogether. Senior care providers understand these hearing issues. They won’t make your elderly loved one feel uncomfortable or embarrassed about their loss of hearing.
Another reason why your elderly loved one might be feeling lonely is that they are depressed. Often, when people are depressed, they get stuck in a state of negative thoughts. They feel like they don’t connect with others. They may not want to spend time around others either. This can cause them to feel lonely which only worsens the depression. Having senior care providers hang out with your elderly loved one can help them to feel a little better. If your elderly loved one is depressed, you may also want to have them see their doctor or a therapist, if they are willing to do so.
These are some of the reasons why your elderly loved one might be feeling lonely. If you can figure out why exactly your loved one is feeling this way, you can help them to feel less lonely. Whether you have senior care providers drive them to visit people or spend time with them, hopefully, your loved one will start feeling better.
The staff at Home Care Matters is available to talk with you and your family about all of your needs. Home Care Matters is a home care agency providing quality and affordable Homecare in Buford, GA, and surrounding areas. Call (770) 965.4004 for more information.
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