Almost half of all seniors in America report that they feel lonely. What can we do to make sure our loved ones stay connected?
Whether they are living on their own or in an assisted living facility, seniors need to socialize and have companionship. It’s not always easy if we’re working or have obligations that keep us busy.
Your elderly loved one doesn’t have to suffer in silence. Here’s how to find companions for seniors living alone so that they can live happy and full lives.
Seniors and Loneliness
Loneliness isn’t just about being in contact with people. It’s the quality of the connections that you have.
Social isolation isn’t always the culprit. Seniors report feeling lonely even if they regularly see people.
Reasons for feeling isolated or lonely include hearing loss, loss of family or friends, living alone, or suffering from a chronic illness. Tackling those issues can help your loved one feel more connected.
If you’re not able to spend as much quality time with your elderly loved one, a senior companion might be the answer. There are different levels of companionship to fit everyone’s needs.
Help is available from stopping by a few times a week to in-home health care. You can choose options like transportation, daily check-ins, or more comprehensive help with eating, bathing, and taking medications.
Figure out what level of companionship your loved one needs. Learn more here about some of the services to consider when searching for elderly assistance.
Finding Companions for Seniors
Where can you find the right kind of senior companions? Depending on your needs, you have several options.
There are hospice agencies and certified home care agencies that are federally regulated. They can provide both medical and non-medical services.
Non-certified agencies help with non-medical needs but aren’t authorized to provide medical assistance. Non-licensed caregivers are independent contractors who can be hired directly.
You can find these options through your state department of health or social services, social workers, or even through local community centers.
How to Choose the Right Companion
There are a few things to ask yourself when searching for care for your loved one. These questions ensure you find the best fit.
Figure out your payment plans. Are they directly from you or can you get some help from Medicaid or the VA?
Do they provide 24/7 assistance? Do they have a specialty that you need, like dealing with dementia patients?
Ask as well about safety regulations and level of involvement.
Finding a Senior Companion
This guide is sure to help you find the best options for companions for seniors. Do your homework to find the best fit for you and your family.
Don’t be afraid to cancel or switch if your first choice isn’t working out. If it’s your first time finding a companion for an elderly relative, you might discover you need more or less help than anticipated.
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