By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | March 21, 2019
Socialization is a vital part of your elderly family member’s mental and emotional health, but it’s easy to overlook socialization. Your elderly family member might not be spending as much time interacting with other people as she needs to in order to avoid loneliness, so what can you do?
Find out First What She Wants
Sit down with your elderly family member and talk about the level of socialization she’s experiencing right now. If she’s happy with seeing people when she sees them, she may not want to become more active socially. But if she is experiencing loneliness, there are some steps that you can take to help her.
Find Local Senior Centers and Senior-oriented Programs
There are more options available for senior citizens than they realize sometimes. Look for local senior centers and programs that state that they’re centered around senior citizens. These types of events and locations are an excellent place for your elderly family member to meet new people and to spend time with people her own age. They often have fun activities planned that allow your elderly family member to experience new things.
Use Technology to Help Her Meet New People
Don’t overlook how helpful technology can be, though. If what you’re senior really wants is to spend more time with her friends and family who live far away, video conferencing might be the answer. While it’s not socializing in the most traditional sense, this does allow your elderly family member to have a little more control over her socializing.
Transportation Doesn’t Have to Be a Block Here
One of the reasons that your elderly family member might not be as social could be that she’s not able to drive any longer. If you haven’t talked about that yet, though, you might not realize that driving has become an issue for her. Elder care providers can do the driving for her, no matter how long she’d love to hang out with friends or family members. But if you don’t know that transportation is an issue, you can’t resolve it for her.
It’s possible to help your elderly family member avoid feeling isolated, but you need to do so in ways that work with her natural inclinations. If she’s shy or has a difficult time meeting new people, then being forced to socialize with people she doesn’t know might be uncomfortable for her. Start out small with elder care providers as companions and work your way up to bigger methods of socializing.
As a physician who lives and serves in Northern Virginia, I have come to know several people who at some time in their life needed home care services. In my office I hear stories of good and bad experiences and I desired to offer something better – a company that would serve as a blessing to the clients we serve by providing them with reliable, quality, and compassionate care. Having served as a primary care physician, I understand the needs of patients and their family who often times do not have the assistance they desperately need. So I have created a company that delivers on providing peace of mind, recovery time, a lending hand, a stress free environment, and a constant companion.
As a native of the Washington, DC, I have truly enjoyed working in this area and volunteering my time in a variety of social and civic organizations in DC, MD and VA. I feel is it important to give back to your community and be of service to others.
I also believe in the importance of living healthy and having emotional stability and peace of mind. As a local physician and health coach I will add a sense of confidence, trust, and expertise unlike any other home care agency.
I work hard everyday at Brighthope Homecare to do what I do best – care for those in need and make a positive impact in the lives of our clients!
If you want to learn more about how we could be of help to you or your loved one, schedule a meeting, request our portfolio, know our pricing, learn how to become a client, let us know of any suggestions or simply say Hi, please feel free to contact us!
9435 Lorton Market Street,Suite 138,
Lorton, VA 22079
Tel: 703-595-2878 Fax: 571-405-5440
Please submit questions, enquiries, or if you want to learn how to become a client, quickly contact us below.