There are many factors that can lead to isolation. If you notice your senior loved one withdrawing from social interaction, it’s important to encourage him or her to spend time with others so he or she can reduce the risk of developing more serious health conditions. Here are 5 tips you can use to prevent your loved one from becoming isolated.
1. Provide Easy Access to Transportation
Because many seniors do not drive, lack of transportation is a primary cause of isolation among the elderly. Easy access to transportation allows your loved one to get around and still make independent choices while promoting social health. Create a schedule where each person in your family commits to taking your senior loved one to appointments, the grocery store, and community events. You can also research companies that offer free rides for seniors within the community or Las Vegas home care agencies that provide transportation services.
2. Encourage Healthy Eating and Regular Exercise
Being overweight could cause your loved one to feel embarrassed and shy away from social events. Your loved one may fear:
- Others will make fun of his or her weight
- He or she won’t be able to fit in the seats at a specific venue
- His or her clothing will tear in public
- He or she will fall and be unable to get back up
To help your loved one maintain a healthy weight, encourage him or her to eat a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis. Additionally, signing up for exercise classes with other seniors can help your loved one get the physical activity he or she needs, and he or she will also be interacting with others, reducing the risk of isolation.
3. Address Incontinence
Your loved one may refuse to leave his or her home due to an overactive bladder, which can be caused by a stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, pelvic conditions, and various injuries. However, if your loved one manages urinary incontinence appropriately, he or she may be more likely to get out of the home and socialize with others instead of being fearful about going out into the public. You can address this concern with medications and incontinence supplies like adult diapers.
4. Get a Pet
Being a pet owner can help your loved one remain socially engaged, less depressed, and more secure. When your loved one has the responsibility of taking care of a pet, he or she may be more excited about getting up in the morning to feed the pet and taking it to the park or for walks through the neighborhood. Animal companionship is also a great way to establish friendships with other pet owners.
5. Help with Hygiene
If your loved one is unable to maintain good hygiene, he or she may be too embarrassed to spend time around other people. Help your loved one take baths or volunteer to wash his or her clothes so they are fresh and free of odors. You can also hire a Las Vegas home caregiver to assist with these daily tasks, ensuring your loved one’s clothes and body are always clean. Doing so could motivate your loved one to host game nights and socials at his home or encourage him or her to go to public places and interact with other people.
Having an hourly or live-in caregiver in the home is also a great way for your loved one to get regular social stimulation. At Home Care Assistance, our compassionate caregivers make wonderful companions, and we also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia home care Las Vegas seniors can rely on. For more information on our elder care services, call (702) 550-3185 today.