We believe that no matter someone’s age, nobody deserves to feel alone. Sadly, however, loneliness and isolation are often feelings that plague older generations. In fact, statistics show that in the UK alone, approximately 1.4 million older people are affected by loneliness.
Companionship care in Romford,frinton on sea and surrounding areas can help combat this serious issue. How? Read on to find out.
Growing older and mental health
As social human beings, we crave connection and human interaction. This is true regardless of age. Unfortunately, as we grow older, social circles may naturally decline and social interactions may decrease.
Factors such as the inevitable loss of friends and loved ones, a change in mobility, and a decline in physical health can all contribute to less time spent in the community and lead to fewer opportunities to socialise with others.
The result is an increase in loneliness and a surge in mental health problems. Sadly, depression is on the rise in ageing adults because of the increase in isolation.
To illustrate the issue, many elderly people who live alone may go days without physical interaction or communication with other individuals. This gives rise to a deterioration in mental health and in some cases, even a rise in suicidal thoughts.
What is companionship care?
Companionship care is centred around the emotional and mental wellbeing of ageing adults. The goal is to combat loneliness and counter isolation by providing consistent companionship that keeps social seclusion at bay.
Our friendly carers will visit as often as necessary to enjoy a conversation and a cup of tea together, accompany you on social outings, share a hobby with you, and be a shoulder to lean on. Whenever you need us, you can guarantee you’ve got a friend in us.
The importance of companionship care
While we appreciate that looking after physical health is crucial for wellbeing, we cannot overlook the importance of nurturing mental health too. Companionship care supports emotional wellbeing by warding off feelings of depression, which can exacerbate illnesses and conditions.
Consistent companionship also reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which is more likely in adults who experience severe loneliness.
In addition, companionship care gives peace of mind to family members who cannot visit regularly. You can rest assured that our compassionate carers will monitor your loved one’s health and make sure that they are healthy and happy at home.
How companionship care helps with mental health
The main focus of companionship care is to keep you or your loved one company, prevent loneliness, and provide support – all within the comfort of home. Weekly or daily visits from a carer can not only help to lift symptoms of depression, but can also prevent further psychological health issues such as anxiety and suicidal thoughts. It’s thanks to companionship care that ageing adults can enjoy the comforts of home for longer and continue to enjoy a fulfilled, active lifestyle.
Get in touch
If you or a loved one could benefit from the dedicated companionship of a friendly carer, we would love to hear from you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch or give us a call on 0800 999 3447. Our friendly team is here to answer any of your questions or provide more information on how we can help.