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Did you know that choosing to engage an in-home caregiver in Escondido instead of enrolling your loved one in a nursing home could improve their health? In a poignant article that appeared on the New York Times’ website last month, a recently widowed author explores the research on how personal relationships extend and improve life.
Isolation Is Unhealthy
The author notes that the more self-centered and isolated from friends and family a person is, the more prone he or she is to heart disease and other health problems. The author directly connects this risk with the unfortunate scenario of an elderly individual moving to a nursing home, where that person knows no one and rarely has the opportunity to socialize with family. Even a facility’s best efforts to conduct social activities are no replacement for natural interaction with longtime friends and family.
Normal Life Is Healthy
If an elderly loved one needs more help than before to stay safe and healthy, allowing life to continue as normally as possible while still providing that extra help is an ideal solution. If family members and lifelong friends make it a priority to continue involving the individual in their day to day lives, they can play a critical role in maintaining his physical health, not to mention emotional and spiritual health.
An In-Home Caregiver In Escondido Can Help
Everyone is busy, and nobody knows that more than the “sandwich generation,” which tries to divide time between aging parents and their own families. A caregiver in the aging parents’ home can help shoulder the burden by staying with a senior when family is not available; assisting with household tasks; and providing care in the case of an emergency. If you are facing some difficult choices about future care for a loved one, take their health into consideration and try to keep him or her as involved with others as possible.