Some seniors who live alone at home are in good enough health to manage their physical care needs, such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and taking medication. For these seniors, living alone presents a different risk – loneliness.
Loneliness and social isolation have been linked to higher risks of other health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.
The purpose of companionship care from River Oaks Home Care is to offer company and friendship. The ultimate goal of our companions is to ensure the seniors are benefiting from quality connections and healthy activities.
Adult children want to make sure their aging parents are both physically and mentally well. With families of their own and busy schedules, they often have less time for regular check-ins than they would like, and so children often choose to hire companions to keep an eye on their aging parents and make sure they do not feel alone.
Some of the services offered by companionship care, in addition to the ones already noted above, include:
- Letter writing to friends and family
- Monitoring the home
- Transportation to social events and doctor appointments