Socializing and engaging with others is an integral part of a happy, healthy, and balanced life. Without the emotional fulfillment of social interaction, people can begin to feel lonely, isolated, and discouraged, leading to compromised physical and mental health. This situation is a common problem that many seniors can experience, especially when they live independently or away from family and friends.
When it comes to these circumstances, Companion care services help seniors stay socially active and live a better quality of life. Our companion care in Calgary are experienced support workers who help provide non-medical needs such as companionship, encouragement, and emotional support.
Care Within Reach recognizes the significant effects of positive interactions, which is why we strive to provide the emotional fulfillment our clients need in the best ways possible.
What Companion Care is all about
Seniors who spend most of their days alone are at risk of experiencing the adverse effects of loneliness and social isolation. The lack of companionship can take a toll on their motivation, outlook on life, and even physical health. It can contribute to increased risks for chronic illnesses and cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, emotional stress can lead to developing anxiety disorders and depression.
In situations like these, we extend our Companion care services to provide clients with the emotional support and social interaction they need. Our goal is to boost our client’s self-esteem and overall well-being through the following care and support:
For clients facing loneliness, the most significant support that we provide is companionship. We recognize that talking and connecting with other people provides a sense of belongingness and fulfillment. Meaningful conversations, swapping stories, imparting jokes, and even everyday chitchat can provide comfort to clients and encourage them to be more socially active.
- Hobbies and Interests
Health care aides also encourage clients to participate in feel-good activities based on personal interests and hobbies. If, for example, clients are interested in playing the guitar, watching sports, or taking photos, making this a part of their day can boost their morale. At the same time, it gives them a sense of purpose and inspires positivity.
We want to give our clients an enriched lifestyle, so we value the importance of recreational activities. Participating in stimulating and entertaining pastimes like games and outdoor exercises has many benefits both physically and mentally. It improves your mood, helps reduce stress, encourages social interaction, and is an opportunity for bonding.
Recreational activities don’t always have to be about physically staying active. Brain stimulating games and cognitive exercises are a great way to help clients remain entertained, attentive, and mentally active. Examples of activities that help with intellectual wellness are:
- Word games
- Chess or checkers
- Reading books
- Board games
Light exercise and spending time outdoors has many advantages in regards to your overall well-being. Sunshine, fresh air, and outdoor recreation allow clients to feel connected with nature while getting healthy exercise in the process. Companion caregivers in Calgary assist clients in activities like:
- Taking a walk in the park
- Going on outings
- Going out (errands, outings, social events)
- Visiting family and friends
Relaxing and spending time on personal entertainment helps clients feel motivated, comfortable, and happy. Companion care aides can bond with clients through:
- Watching movies or TV shows
- Listening to music, singing
- Painting, drawing
Needing Companion Care
Here at Care Within Reach, we aspire to be your trusted support system, so you or your loved one can live in happiness, confidence, and excellent health. Apart from old age, there are other reasons why a person may need the assistance of companion caregivers in Calgary.
Protective isolation in Calgary is a medical practice recommended for clients who have weak immune systems and are vulnerable to infections. Since they are immunocompromised, this protective measure ensures that the patient is not exposed to potentially harmful organisms.
Usually, clients under protective isolation will stay in a solitary room and have a limited number of visitors. Additionally, those entering the room must wear protective clothing such as gloves, masks, medical gowns, shoe covers, and even head covers.
Although these efforts are for the client’s overall health, the prolonged periods of isolation and lack of human contact can cause psychological distress. In cases like these, health care aides are a client’s crucial source of emotional support. When family members are not around, we’re here to step in to ease the client’s worries and loneliness.
Dementia and Alzheimers
Clients with dementia or Alzheimers usually require attentive care and constant stimulation. As their condition includes various symptoms of cognitive decline, having the support of a companion care aide can help in many aspects of their daily living.
Stimulating social activities and engaging conversations can help them stay active both physically and mentally. Meanwhile, the emotional benefits of companion care can improve their quality of life and may help them overcome behavioral concerns.
When it comes to providing specialized care for clients with dementia, our health care aides receive proper training in using the Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA).
A better quality of life
Companion care sees the value in staying connected with others and engaging in uplifting activities. Besides assisting you with your day-to-day needs, we take extra effort to cater to your mental health and emotional wellness. We provide excellent one-on-one care while encouraging continued independence and building better health habits.
Here at Care Within Reach, our goal is to empower clients emotionally, physically, and mentally so that they can live happy and fulfilling lives.
If you would like to know more information about our Companion Care or other services, feel free to contact us! Our care consultations are free of charge with no commitments.
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