The need for human companionship is something we all share. In fact, companionship is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Studies have shown that human contact decreases depression and anxiety, promotes a general sense of well-being and even has a profound effect on healing. As we grow older, the need for companionship increases as children leave the nest to begin lives of their own or a spouse dies. For the elderly, they face these challenges as well as the physical and mental decline that is often a natural part of aging.
Here are five significant ways that highlight the benefits of caregivers as companions:
- Conversation. A caregiver can discuss current events, hobbies, provide feedback on heath questions or just share in memories and things of interest.
- Organize recreational activities. Your caregiver can help you get to social functions, senior centers, or local activities that interest you. Even a card or board game are fun ways to pass time.
- Help plan visits with friends and family members. Caregivers can be the bridge for allowing easier access for friends and family members to visit. They can reach out and connect with whomever you need. They can even provide transportation.
- Medication reminders. Sometimes a helpful reminder is important when you are on a schedule. Caregivers can relay questions to doctors for you and help make needed adjustments to medication.
- Provide assistance shopping for food or personal items. Shopping can be less stressful and a lot more fun when you have someone there to help when you need it. Checking sales and clipping coupons can also be tackled together.
A companion is simply a helpful friend who’s there for you; available to offer support and encouragement in ways you need it most. For more information on caregivers as companions and other services provided by Best Care Home Health Agency, please contact us.