Many seniors are opting for home health care, especially in these uncertain times. Unfortunately, this type of care has its drawbacks as well as its positives. While it’s convenient for older adults who can’t travel great distances to get necessary medical care, they also lead to patients’ isolation. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) mentions that over one-third of adults aged 45-and over report feeling lonely. Luckily, there’s a way to deal with that, and it doesn’t even require a lot of change to implement.
Introducing Adult Day Care
Humans are social animals, and being left in isolation can take a severe toll on mental health. Thus, the best way to approach the problem is to move seniors out of isolated locations. Daybreak Senior Services is one company that is working to bring seniors back into a social circle and make them feel like part of society once again. Using a retired reception hall, the company has managed to renew the zest for life in many senior citizens. Many of the participants see it as a way to reconnect with others that are around their age. The reception hall has garnered quite the reputation as a space seniors can visit to feel connected.
More Than Just Activities
Some residents that use the location call it “The Club,” conjuring up thoughts of a fancy meeting ground where high-class citizens encounter one another to exchange stories and refreshments. While there’s a lot of that going on in The Club, it’s more than just a social setting for trading old war stories. It’s a chance to help senior citizens connect to one another as people. There are no expectations for people to act in a certain way. Many retired individuals spend most of their time at home, away from a society they’ve been a part of since they were old enough to talk. This gathering gives them back that feeling of being a part of something larger and keeps them from feeling isolated.
Families Are Welcome as Well
Daybreak has partnered with the VA and Medicaid to allow family members to drop by when they feel like it. Precautions are in place to ensure that COVID-19 isn’t introduced to The Club. People are still glad to interact with their loved ones in an atmosphere like this, despite the restrictions. If anything, this type of gathering shows that senior citizens can still be part of a vibrant social community, even into their old age. Even though the numbers have dwindled somewhat since the virus’s outbreak, many seniors make the time to visit. Many of them have created a schedule around visiting The Club.
Returning Dignity to Old Age
The American Psychological Association (APA) notes that there is a large body of evidence suggesting that loneliness can lead to premature mortality, and the risk increases as one gets older. The initiative that Daybreak is offering to seniors is more than just a meet and greet. It’s a method of combating loneliness that may actually help them see the joy in life. Giving seniors back their dignity in this way is priceless, and ensures they keep enjoying life for as long as they have left.