Elders who live on their own often struggle to stay healthy and live life to the fullest, but there is a way for them to age in place with the comfort and assistance of companionship care. With this type of senior care, seniors can enjoy all of the benefits that come from living with someone else – all without having to worry about housekeeping or cooking. In other words, providing companionship care for seniors is both a helpful and compassionate act. Here are why companionship care is important for seniors.

Reduces isolation and loneliness

Studies have shown that loneliness, even among seniors who live next door to family members or have friends close by, has been linked to poor mental health, depression, and dementia. That is the case because social connections help regulate our bodies’ internal clocks. Just like how turning on a light or radio can help someone fall asleep or how phone calls or emails can help with loneliness, connections to other people are soothing and relaxing. For others, the best part about a companion is that it can take them to doctors’ appointments and enjoy the little things in life. Whether it is a night at the movies or a walk around town, companionship offers a way for people to connect with others they love while doing something they both enjoy. Companionship care allows them to be more independent, even if just for a while.

It can help alleviate depression in seniors

Depression is prevalent among seniors, and companionship can help alleviate the symptoms of depression. Depression symptoms include fatigue, a lack of motivation, and not enjoying things that once brought you joy. When you provide companionship  for seniors who are feeling depressed, you are helping them get out of their homes and feel energized about life again. Even though there is no cure for depression the same way there is for diabetes or a broken bone – companionship can provide many forms of support that help reduce the symptoms of depression among people who have it.
Seniors need to live in a place that will help to alleviate loneliness and depression. Luckily, at Quality Comfort Home Care Inc in Southern, Maine we provide a non-judgmental environment, which helps seniors cope with their health issues. It also helps them to maintain their independence, which fosters personal growth and self-confidence.

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