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Companion Care In Jackson, TN

Find out how companion care can help your loved one in Jackson, TN to receive home assistance and deal with social isolation 

Loneliness and isolation do not always go hand-in-hand, but they are often linked. Many seniors can spend time alone and not be lonely while others can be surrounded by people and feel completely isolated and alone. This distinction makes it difficult to find a one-size-fits-all solution to the growing problem of senior loneliness.

Often seniors who feel lonely have lost somebody close to them like a spouse or significant other. Others have had family and friends pass on or move away until they are the only ones left in the area. Many times seniors who experience loneliness due to loss are not sure how to address their feelings so they pull back from social settings which tends to compound their issues.

Studies suggest that women tend to suffer more from social isolation than men and have a greater need for meaningful social interaction. In fact, the AARP noted that senior women can actually lower their risk of dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and depression by taking steps to avoid loneliness through increased social interaction. One study found that "older women who maintained large social networks reduced their risk of dementia and delayed or prevented cognitive impairment."

What about seniors who don't have large social networks, especially those whose loneliness is a result of the loss of their network? In these situations, Comfort Keepers companion care can help.

Companion care addresses a senior's need for meaningful social, emotional, and cognitive engagement. Sometimes caregivers help with daily living tasks or personal care as well. Other times, they simply spend quality time with the senior. Just as there is no one-size-fits-all solution to loneliness, there is not a one-size-fits-all method to companion care. This is one of the key reasons that every Comfort Keepers care plan is individually tailored and customized to fit a senior's unique situation and needs.

While some seniors may simply want somebody to watch television with or reminisce while looking at old photographs, others may want to join a bowling league or go to the gym or senior center; others still may desire a shopping or fishing companion, somebody to hike trails with, or a meal companion. For Comfort Keepers companion care providers, the key is finding out what the senior feels is important and meaningful and meeting those needs.

For more information about companion care or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers in-home supports can maximize the quality of your loved one's elder years while increasing their freedom, independence, and safety, contact a senior home care coordinator today. 

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