Home Health Care’s Role in Preventing Elder Loneliness
Senior citizens’ self-awareness and social isolation can be a public health threat to many in the United States and can put them at risk for dementia and mental illness. Although isolation and loneliness are difficult to accurately measure, there is strong evidence that adults 50 years of age or older are isolated or alone and are putting their health at risk.
The implementation of the COVID-19 guidelines on distance restrictions and community visits has also increased isolation and loneliness. The JAMA report addressed the need for solutions to the social isolation and loneliness of adults. Several documents suggest that isolation and loneliness are associated with major mental and physical illnesses, including:
- Social isolation increased the risk of premature death from any cause. It significantly reduced the risk of smoking, obesity, and lack of physical activity.
- Feeling lonely has been linked to more anxiety and depression.
- Social relations caused by loneliness or social isolation are linked with increased cardiovascular and stroke risks.
Home health care professionals assess patients for loneliness and social isolation. Asking patients about their social needs is important in identifying help, reducing loneliness and isolation. Home Health care service can provide valuable support and assistance to individuals. Following are some ways home health care can help:
- Collaboration: It is not uncommon for caregivers to contact their clients. A good caregiver can start conversations and even help individuals connect with other people in the community.
Awareness or Motivation: Caregivers are encouraging. They encourage their clients to try new things, play sports, and meet new people.
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