For the majority of us, 23rd March 2020, is a date we will never forget, along with the effects that the pandemic had on us all. And if we take a moment to consider the impact on the elderly - especially those living independently at home – it’s really quite heart-breaking.
Yes, it has been an incredibly tough year for us all, but the physical and psychological effects of isolation and quarantine on the elderly, has unfortunately seen many saddening consequences.
Some have seen health deteriorate, an increase in stress, anxiety and depression, loss of confidence, poor diet and nutrition, cognitive decline, lack of social connection and companionship - all been impacted in one way or another.
Any while many of us have relied heavily on technology to keep in contact with our friends and loved ones, allowing us at least some form of social contact, others have not been quite so lucky.
This has only further highlighted the need and benefit of companionship – a confidant, a friend; having someone there to offer emotional support and comfort.
But what does comfort, and companionship mean to you? Care? A helping hand? Emotional support?
Companionship is many things – it’s offering support, forming, and maintaining friendships and relationships. Remaining connected within your community. It’s engaging with others – talking, sharing memories, having dinner together. Simply being able to laugh with others, maybe play a game of cards.
It’s your lifestyle, your freedom, and your independence.
And its these social connections that have such a positive impact our health; often helping to reduce anxiety and depression. No one wants to feel along or isolated. We need interaction, to laugh and to smile. It’s true what they say, a smile really does go a long way.
By providing companionship care, we can help make this happen.
A seemingly small ask can often mean so much more – whether it’s accompanying you with your weekly shop, taking a walk or sharing a pot of tea over a chat, or helping to keep in touch with your community.
Pure Heart Homecare encourage independence, helping you to live an active and enriched life.
‘Care at home because Home is where the Heart it.’
If you would like to find out more about companionship care, please do get in touch.