Social Health and The Elderly
It is not a secret that our societies are not catered to aging seniors. Until recently, people didn’t live to see their 80’s so it really wasn’t an issue anyone was worried about. But, it snuck up on us and now we live in a world where people are growing older and we have no resources for them, especially socially. It is long past time for us to adjust to a world where seniors make up more than half of the population. If you are a senior, or have an aging loved one, you may be wondering how to best exercise your social health and stay involved in your communities and with friends.
Senior Care Requirements
Just because your loved one may need professional medical attention on a daily basis does not necessarily mean that moving to a facility is the only option. In-home care is a great solution for that. If you have weighed the pros and cons and decide that it is best for you or your loved one to remain living in their own home, you can seek help through home health.
Other Advantages of Living at Home
It may also be a better fit for your budget because you will only be paying for the care that you need and not the things that you don’t need. If you can still cook your own meals, you won’t be paying for a personal chef three times per day. If you can dress and bathe yourself then you will not have to pay for a shower aide and feel like you are being forced out of your autonomy prematurely.
Pros and Cons
Let's weigh the pros and cons of senior health at home versus living in a facility like assisted living, nursing home or retirement center. This will depend on your individual conditions, but some general observations include the following.
Living in a Facility:
Social Opportunities: Senior living facilities often offer a range of social activities and events designed to help residents connect with others. This can combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Built-in Community: Living in a facility provides immediate access to a community of peers who are in a similar stage of life. This can lead to frequent interactions and the potential to form close friendships.
Reduced Responsibilities: Facilities typically handle chores and maintenance, allowing seniors to focus more on social interactions and enjoyable activities.
Access to Care: Depending on the type of facility, there may be access to on-site healthcare services, which can be beneficial for seniors with health needs.
Living at Home:
Familiarity: Seniors often feel more comfortable and secure in their own homes, surrounded by their personal belongings and memories.
Flexibility: Living at home allows for greater flexibility and independence in daily routines and activities. This could also be tied to greater independence and decision making.
Family Connection: Staying at home enables seniors to maintain close relationships with family members who may visit regularly. The recent pandemic showed us that keeping your loved ones close ensures you can see them regardless of what happens.
Community Engagement: With the right support and encouragement, seniors can still engage in social activities, classes, and outings in their local community.
In-home Care Offers Companionship
Hopefully this shows that social health can be achieved and maintained regardless of whether you live at your own home or in a facility surrounded by other seniors. In-home care providers can offer companionship, plan activities and outings, and become an addition to the family. Many providers build long, lasting relationships with those they care for and their loved ones.
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