Have you found yourself thinking lately, “My elderly mother is lonely, but she deserves joy and companionship”? At Naborforce, we completely understand the concerns of adult children when it comes to their aging loved ones. Our mission is centered around connecting older adults with caring, reliable community members (Nabors) who bring happiness and comfort into their lives.
Did you know nearly 25% of seniors over 65 experience social isolation? Although it’s true that limited social interactions can increase the risks of cognitive decline and various health conditions, research also shows the positive power of community and social connections in improving well-being and longevity. (The U.S. Surgeon General recently highlighted these findings in an advisory.)
If you’re looking at ways to enrich the life of an older adult at home, remember there are numerous solutions available to combat loneliness in seniors.
At Naborforce, we are harnessing the strength of the community to enable genuine, authentic connections among neighbors. Our approach is designed to make older adults feel more empowered and deeply connected within their community, ultimately leading to increased joy, independence, and overall well-being.
Let’s explore the various types of companionship for the elderly so you can decide which is right for your loved one.
Options for Reducing Loneliness in Seniors
So, how do you help an elderly parent who is lonely? Fortunately, many options are available based on the diverse needs and preferences of older adults and their families. In-home options provide comfort and companionship in a familiar environment, while external programs offer social engagement and community involvement. Each option has unique benefits, and understanding them can help adult children select which is right for their parent.
Outside the Home
Most communities are brimming with opportunities for older adults to engage and connect. Programs that promote social connectedness include senior centers, church groups, and adult daycare centers. Let’s review each one:
Local Senior Centers
Vibrant senior centers offer activities such as art classes, social events, and fitness programs. Some facilities provide shuttle bus services for those with limited mobility or lack of transportation. Senior centers encourage older adults to socialize with friendly, familiar faces regularly. A quick search will likely show a few options for community or senior centers near you.
Church groups provide more than just religious services; they often offer a supportive community where older adults can participate in various social events, interest-based activities, and volunteer opportunities. They may also offer educational workshops and wellness programs tailored to older adults. Additionally, church groups often facilitate intergenerational activities like home visits. This diverse range of activities helps promote a sense of purpose and belonging.
Adult Daycare Centers
Adult daycare centers are specialized facilities designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. These centers offer a safe, supportive environment where seniors can engage in various social, recreational, and health-related activities. Unlike senior centers, which primarily focus on socialization and activities for more independent seniors, adult daycare centers often provide a higher level of care and medical services.
Within the Home
In addition to external resources, there are options to help foster a nurturing environment where older adults can maintain their lifestyle and independence while aging in their homes.
In-home care encompasses a wide range of services designed to meet the varied needs of those requiring assistance to live safely and comfortably in their own homes. These services can be broadly categorized into medical (or skilled) care and non-medical (or custodial). Medical care involves skilled services such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc. Non-medical care encompasses assistance with daily living activities, household tasks, companionship, mobility support, transportation, and respite for caregivers.
Some home care agencies also provide a lower tier of care called Companion Care. It is designed for individuals who do not require medical care but may need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, mobility support, etc. It also offers social and emotional support and light household assistance to promote an active and engaged lifestyle.
Naborforce, on the other hand, is not a home care agency. Instead, it’s a novel approach to supporting independent older adults by connecting them with a network of community members (Nabors). Our Nabors provide light support and companionship services, such as help with errands, transportation, and social engagement. Naborforce caters to those who do not require the intensive services of a caregiver, just an occasional friendly face or helping hand.
Finding Joy and Companionship for Seniors in Your Community
With Naborforce, a caring companion is just a phone call away. We proudly serve multiple communities, including:
- Atlanta, GA
- Bethesda, MD
- Dallas, TX
- Fort Worth, TX
- Richmond, VA
- Charlottesville, VA
- Virginia Beach
- Northern Virginia
- Charlotte, NC
- Raleigh, NC
Find the Best Companion for Seniors at Home and Around Town with Naborforce
If you’re worried about companionship for your aging loved ones, let a friendly Nabor lend a hand. Our Nabors are ready to bring smiles, participate in social activities, and assist with errands around town. Whether you need someone to keep your parent company for one hour, once a week, or throughout the month, we’re here to enhance the lives of your loved ones.
To discover more about Naborforce and the benefits of companionship as your parents age, call us at (844) 767-8435 or schedule a visit with a Nabor today!