Grief is something that affects seniors differently than younger people. Everyone grieves when they lose friends, family members, or anyone they are close to. But grief is often more intense for older people. When seniors lose a spouse or a sibling or a very close friend that loss can increase their stress level quite a bit, which can make their physical health worse. Seniors who are dealing with chronic pain or fighting through a serious medical condition like cancer also are more affected by grief because emotionally they are already worn down by pain and illness. If your senior loved one has had a major loss recently they may be struggling with grief more than you know. Companion care at home services for seniors can help.
Isolation can intensify some of the emotions that seniors have while they are grieving like sadness, loss, anger, and loneliness. When seniors have companion care at home they have someone in the house with them so they don’t feel so alone but also don’t feel pressured to go out and be social if they’re not up to it.
Companion care at home helps seniors through their grief by:
Listening is something that can really help seniors that are going through a hard time. Companions can listen to seniors tell stories about the person they lost, or share their feelings and what they’re going through. They can listen to seniors talk about their fears of dying or losing someone else. Seniors can open up to a companion in ways that they may not feel comfortable opening up to their children or family members and that can help them process their loss.
Taking Care Of The Day To Day Tasks
Seniors who are grieving are often overwhelmed by the tasks required for day-to-day living. It’s understandable that seniors who are struggling with loss may not be able to manage the household, pick up prescriptions, make the meals, do the shopping, or mail those thank you cards. Companions can handle all of that so that seniors can focus on just getting up each day and trying to figure out what their new normal is.
Encouraging Seniors To Get Help and Keeping Seniors Connected To The World
Companions can also encourage seniors who are really struggling to get help before they develop depression or anxiety. Seniors who are teetering on the edge of addictions that they are using to cope also need help before they develop a problem. The companion who sees your senior loved one each day is in the best position to notice that there could be a problem and encourage your senior parent to get help. They can also let you know if they suspect something is a problem.
Companions also keep seniors connected to the world at a time when they would like to withdraw. Going for walks, having conversations, and even just watching TV together can provide the social interaction and connection that seniors need during a difficult time.
If you or an aging loved one is considering Companion Care at Home Services in Catonsville MD please contact the caring staff at Vital Sign Home Care today. (410) 814-0258
A Trusted Skilled Medical and Non-Medical senior home care provider in Annapolis, Arnold, Severn, Guilford, Towson, Brooklandville, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Bel Air, Ellicott City, Columbia MD, and surrounding areas.
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