If you have an elderly relative or friend that you are taking care of, you might notice that he or she doesn't see a lot of different people every day. This can be difficult for that senior because he or she, like everyone else, needs people to interact with in order to stay happy and healthy. Here are some ways to ensure that your senior is getting enough social interaction and is not lonely.
1. See if the Assisted Living Nearby Will Let Your Senior Participate
Many seniors are adamantly against moving out of their homes and into an assisted living. This is a problem because it makes your job harder when you want them to have opportunities to socialize. One great compromise is to see if you can get the schedule for activities being held in the assisted living facility and pay a nominal fee in order for them to allow your senior to participate in some of the activities. Many assisted livings will even have senior daycare centers that allow you to drop off your senior and pick him or her up when you are done with work. Check your area to see if there are any assisted livings that offer this type of service. You might even get your senior to a point of comfort with the assisted living facility that he or she would be willing to live there.
2. Schedule Time for Seniors to Come Over and Rotate Houses
If you know other adults that are caring for their elderly parents or other relatives, see if you and those other people can switch off and have seniors over at your place or their places. This will ensure that your senior is able to see a consistent group of friends and build relationships with them, as well as dispersing the burden of having extra people in the house among many people in order to ensure that nobody gets overwhelmed.
3. Check Online for Meetings
If you live in a city, chances are good that there are different meetings all over the place where seniors can hang out with people their own age. Go online and see if you can find any at your local library or by using a meeting scheduling site. Go to the first meeting with your senior and leave when he or she starts to feel comfortable. This is another great way to get your senior out of the house and into the world to socialize.
For more information, talk to an assisted living facility.