Home or Facility Visitors
Due to various factors, life can sometimes be isolating and lonely for older adults, particularly if there are no family and friends living close by, or when loved ones have passed away. This is true for those still living in their own home or those who have moved into a residential care or retirement facility.
Companionship & Social Support
We’ve seen over and again that some people benefit simply from time with a companion. People often feel revitalised and energised after spending quality time with someone who understands them and shares the same interests. Research, such as that done by the Rush University Medical Center, has further confirmed that regular social interaction may also help to prevent or delay cognitive decline in the elderly.*
Whether it is company at various activities, or simply being able to get out for a drive or a visit to a café for coffee or lunch, or even just a chat, companionship can make a real difference to someone’s day. To ensure the success of these visits, Platinum Healthcare matches a carer to each person needing care or assistance.
Social Support Activities
Some activities that can be enjoyed with a companion include (but are not exclusive to):
- crafts or hobbies
- playing cards or board games
- a trip to the library
- going on an outing – shopping, cup of tea or coffee
- a sightseeing drive to visit places of interest
- attending a concert or the opera
- attending a day service or community event
- attending religious events or places of worship
- participation in social clubs – bowls, Probus, community centres, etc.
If you feel you, or someone you know, would benefit from companionship, Platinum Healthcare can help. Call us today to find out how we can help change your life for the better.
* Late-Life Social Activity and Cognitive Decline in Old Age, Bryan D. James, et al. Nov 2011, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chicago, Illinois