One of the hardest parts of caregiving can sometimes be that it’s a little isolating. Depending on your senior’s health needs, it might be more than a little isolating.
Find an Exercise Buddy
Moving more is a really good goal for you as a caregiver anyway, but it can do double duty if you find yourself an exercise buddy. Take the time to find out if any of your friends and family members are also interested in moving more. You might find that you enjoy taking walks together or trying out new exercise videos a couple of times a week. This is a chance to move more and to be around someone you care about.
Take a Class or Start a Hobby
It’s also important to keep your brain stimulated. If you’ve already got a hobby or an interest, finding a class or workshop that allows you to meet other people with that same interest can be a great idea. But it’s also possible that you’ve lost touch with what you might enjoy, which happens for lots of people. Consider starting a new hobby and try meeting some people who already love that hobby.
Reach out to People You Care About
When you get busy, it’s hard to return phone calls or text messages to the people who are still reaching out to you. Set aside a set amount of time per week to reach out to the people that you love. You can send a quick text, email, or even make a phone call. The idea is to make that contact and to show some effort. When you’re letting them know that you’re open to communication, that can help them to understand it’s okay to reach out to you, too. Very often people stop calling because they’re afraid of bothering you while you take care of your senior’s needs.
Meet up with People Face to Face
Phone calls and text messages are one thing, but to truly beat isolation you need to meet up with some people face to face occasionally. Set up times to meet up with friends and family members, even if it’s just for lunch a couple of times a month. If you’re worried that your senior can’t be alone, hiring elder care providers for those time periods ensures your senior is okay and that you can relax and enjoy yourself.
Isolation can get really dangerous if you let it keep going. You need to remember that you’re not completely alone and sometimes the best way to do that is with human contact.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE IS CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN BOLDER CITY, NV, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF SUMMERLIN. 702-800-4616.