Life isn’t about just breathing for any of us, there’s so much more to it. A big part of that something more are the social needs that we all share. NuevaCare home care agency of Palo Alto places a big emphasis on companionship services that we offer to our clients all over the Bay Area.
Recent research shows us that there’s an amazing link between social and emotional health and long life. In fact, four out of five physicians say that not meeting the social needs of individuals has a directly negative impact on health. Providing companionship and human connection are just as important as addressing medical conditions.
Of course there’s not a prescription medication that can remedy issues of loneliness and isolation, but there is most certainly a cure. That cure is companionship.
Living independently versus living alone
As the hustle and bustle of life slow down, seniors often find themselves living alone and with fewer social connections. That may be hard to imagine for someone in their peak earning years – especially in the busy, technology-oriented communities of the Bay Area like Palo Alto or Atherton but for seniors this can be very true. This can be especially true if they live independently, as there simply aren’t people around to interact with. We know that staying independent is an important part of staying healthy as we age, but balancing that independence with isolation is the challenge.
Living independently doesn’t have to mean living alone. Though circumstances such as limited ability to travel, family and friends moving away, inability to drive, etc. can make it more challenging for seniors and those with disabilities to maintain connections, there is plenty that family members can to do to combat isolation. We have many clients who live out of state but whose parents remain in the Bay Area in older communities such as Menlo Park, Atherton or Santa Clara and rely on our caregivers for support. This means that we can help provide a sense of community to Bay Area seniors whose children no longer live in Northern California.
Home care can fill the social gap that so often comes with independent living. In home companion care allows a trained home caregiver to monitor the safety of situations, to promote health and wellness, and to complete those everyday household tasks that are so important. Elder care companions provide the social interaction that your loved one needs through planning social outings, offering encouragement,and engaging in supportive conversation.
What NuevaCare’s companionship services do
There’s such a wide variety companionship services that the professional caregivers at NuevaCare can provide. Here’s just a sample.
In home companions can listen to seniors as they reminisce about happy memories, validating their experiences and taking joy in the life that they’ve led.
Social activities are a core aspect of meeting the emotional needs of everyone. Planning visits to local venues, going shopping, participating in community activities, or taking classes can all be facilitated by NuevaCare’s companionship services.
Encouraging physical activity
Physical activity and social motivation very much go hand in hand. Seniors can greatly benefit from social encouragement that supports light exercise and physical fitness. It’s much easier to go on a walk with a companion that by yourself.
Engaging in active thinking
Staying mentally active is a powerful way to ward off many of the issues with mental decline that seniors suffer from. NuevaCare’s companionship services can help seniors to structure hobbies, to play games, to participate in enlightening activities and more.
The companionship services from NuevaCare are an integral part of providing a safe and stimulating environment for your loved one to stay active and socially engaged, even if they live alone. The benefits are tremendous, both for physical and mental health.
To learn more about how NuevaCare can support your loved one with experienced care providers and companionship support, simply give us a call at 650-396-3596, chat live with one of our representatives right now, or submit the form to the right. A highly trained professional from our office will contact you immediately to discuss your specific needs and to set up an free in home assessment. Although our offices are in San Mateo, we can help with care on the Peninsula from Burlingame to Cupertino, Santa Clara to San Mateo.
Palo Alto Factoid
The analysis, as well as conversations with other cities’ officials, convinced Palo Alto personnel that dedicated dog parks have distinct advantages over shared spaces that dogs are allowed to use for certain limited hours. The so-called “shared use” parks typically “result in conflicts between user groups,” a staff report notes, and require a contractor to enforce the schedule. Menlo Park’s own parks commission expressed concerns about the joint use of a city softball field and noted “ongoing field-condition issues,” according to Anderson’s report to the Palo Alto park commission, which considered the dog-park proposal Tuesday. Staff are pitching the new policy calling for the city to “actively pursue” dedicated dog parks as part of Palo Alto’s Parks, Trails, Natural Open Space, and Recreation Master Plan, a broad vision document that the city is now putting together. Source: https://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2016/03/25/new-dog-parks-pitched-in-palo-alto