One of the most difficult aspects of the aging process is getting used to not having our family around all the time. Children grow up and leave the nest. Spouses die. Younger people begin to fill the roles of older people at work. It’s, therefore, not surprising that some seniors feel neglected, isolated, and meaningless. Senior care workers have a special responsibility to ensure that families of seniors understand their role in preventing seniors from feeling alone. Consider providing the following suggestions to the families of your clients.
Ensure that the Senior Has a Hobby
Aging doesn’t always mean that we must give up the things we love. Sure, the aches and pains will prevent us from swinging that tennis racquet or dribbling down the basketball court. However, there are several other activities in which seniors can engage. The activities depend on that senior’s interest, but the benefits of them participating in these hobbies is undeniable. Hobbies allow seniors to consistently engage in social activities with people in their own age group, keep their minds engaged, and find joy in life.
Schedule Consistent Family Time
Shoving a senior family member into a nursing home or hiring a live-in aide is often deemed a necessity. The families of these seniors are usually unable to provide the care needed. While this is understandable, it doesn’t make it right to isolate this senior. It’s important for the senior’s family to schedule meaningful weekly visits.
Allow them to Teach You a Skill
These weekly visits provide the perfect opportunity for seniors to share their knowledge and experiences with their family. For instance, a senior who knows how to bake delectable treats can pass on this skill to other family members. They also have a lifetime of experiences to share to anyone willing to give a listening ear.
Encourage Volunteerism Activities
Aesop once said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Volunteerism gives seniors a sense of purpose. They have been through so much and have a lot to offer to others. Encourage families of seniors to make it possible for them to participate in community volunteerism activities. Also encourage them to make these activities a regular part of the senior’s routine.
Be Present with the Senior
Spending time with a senior is pointless if you don’t give him or her your undivided attention. Families of seniors should know that family time is a time to be present and involved in family activities. All electronic devices and distractions should be put away. All meeting should be scheduled. This family time with a senior should be treated as valuable and sacred.
Loneliness is a dreadful state of being that shouldn’t befall any senior. One of your primary roles as a caregiver of a senior is to ensure that the senior’s family understands their role in preventing this loneliness. Discuss each of the strategies outlined in this article with the family. Each person can play his or her part in making the aging process more bearable for a senior.