The Importance of Companionship and Home Health Care During the Holidays
The holidays can be a busy time for any family. As you have children or obligations of your own, it seems the season leads to you rushing to buy gifts, preparing feasts, and prepping for celebrations. With all the hype on top of your already loaded schedules, making time for everyone may be quite difficult. It may feel like you are being pulled in separate directions and there isn’t enough of you to go around.
While your loved ones may surround you through the season, your elderly family members may not share the same luxury. Perhaps they cannot drive, or perhaps they live quite far from you, making it hard to make the time. Or they may live with you, but with work and other responsibilities, they are alone most of the time.
In any case, this season often brings loneliness to older people still living on their own. They must have companionship throughout the holidays. While you may not be able to spend the time with them that you wish you could, you do have other options.
Consider a Caretaker
Because this time of year creates a longing for togetherness, if seniors do not get this, it can cause many issues for them. Statistically, this isolation can cause heightened risks for issues such as depression, chronic disease, and worsening of other preexisting health issues. Long-term seclusion can even increase the risk of death.
If you don’t have time to spend with your senior family living alone this season, consider providing them companionship in a different way. A senior caregiver from a trusted home health agency can be extremely helpful to them. Not only can they provide cheerful conversation, but they can also help them around the house with duties. A caregiver may even have fun helping them decorate if your loved one desires!
Having a home nurse can brighten their spirits when you cannot be there to do so. With a companion through the holidays, it boosts happiness and reminds them that they are important. Isolation can have detrimental effects on mental health. If it can be avoided with warm-hearted company, it could turn this season from dreary to joyous in no time.
Let Us Help
At Allegiance Home Health and Rehab, we have the most devoted and professional staff to provide company to those you care about. Our home health nurses are standing by to support them and encourage them to celebrate the season.
The holidays are time-sensitive and stressful enough. You have quite a bit on your plate. Allow us to fill the gaps so that you won’t feel overly stressed in time restraints and they will have the socialization they require.
Our employees travel, providing service all over South Florida. We have three stationary locations. Our main office is our Boca Raton home health care office in Palm Beach County. We also have home healthcare locations in Plantation in Broward county and Stuart in Martin County.
Contact us today so that your loved ones don’t have to spend the holidays alone. We look forward to speaking with you.