You can’t always be there. But we can.
Life is more fun when you share it with friends, right? The same is true for your elderly parent. Unfortunately, many older adults have a difficult time keeping up their social connections due to illness or mobility problems. This can lead to loneliness and even depression. In addition, older adults have often lost friends due to death or the need to move from their neighborhoods to live with family members for assistance.
Meeting people in old age can be harder because there are often fewer opportunities to encounter new people. If your elderly parent is having some difficulty finding ways to meet friends or spend time with them, homecare can help to improve your parent’s social life.
Going for Walks
Just getting out of the house increases the opportunities for older adults to meet people and spend time in conversation. One of the simplest ways for seniors to get out of the house is to go for walks. In addition to seeing people, they’ll also get some exercise that will help them to maintain or improve mobility and independence. While on a walk, they may come across neighbors and others to chat with.
Homecare providers can go for walks around the neighborhood with your parent, encouraging them to talk to people by setting a good example of stopping to greet the people they come across. To increase the chances of your parent meeting new people, if they have a dog, a homecare provider can help them to walk it. Dogs are often a magnet for people who want to stop and pet them or talk about their own dogs.
Attending Community Events
There are often plenty of free events going on around the community that older adults can attend. For example, there might be a book chat at the library or a healthy cooking class at the hospital. These can be great places for your parent to meet new people with similar interests.
A homecare provider can help your parent to get dressed and ready for a community event, ensuring they look their best and feel confident. They can then drive the older adult to the event and stay with them to offer assistance as needed.
Lunches with Friends
One great way for old friends to catch up with one another is to spend time chatting over lunch. Of course, a homecare provider can drive the senior to a friend’s house or to a restaurant for lunch. However, they can also help your parent to host a lunch in their own home. A homecare provider can clean the house and get it ready for guests. They can also cook the meal and help the older adult to serve guests.