Companionship is important. Loneliness and isolation are devastating. According to the National Institute of Health, social isolation and loneliness lead to higher risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and even death. The Health Research and Services Administration says loneliness is more dangerous than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Lifeline Homecare caregivers can combat loneliness and isolation by providing companionship. Caregivers get to know clients and spend time with them doing activities that are meaningful to them. Examples might be listening to stories as older clients reminisce, look at photos or scrapbooks, go for walks, garden lightly, play cards and games, cook together, arrange social outings or visits with friends or family, etc. One of the most helpful benefits of having companion services is that caregivers act as “eyes and ears” that see small changes in client’s health status or conditions. These can be reported and addressed by family members or physicians before something more serious happens. By being present, ensuring medications are taken properly, nutritious foods are consumed and social interaction happens, Lifeline Homecare service may help clients avoid exacerbations of illness that often lead to unnecessary hospitalizations.
Respite is important for family caregivers.
Caring for a family member can be overwhelming. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, providing care for an elderly spouse, relative or friend can lead to higher levels of stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. It is very important to take a break from time to time.
Lifeline Homecare is here to help you enjoy a break from caregiving duties while providing your loved one with safe, attentive service to allow them to keep familiar routines and environments at home while you are away.
Respite services are available for short intermittent periods of just a few hours or for extended periods even up to 24/7 care. Let us help you better care for those you love by allowing yourself or your family to pause for a bit to rest and recharge.