Ahhh, just around mid-February there are hearts everywhere and love in the air!
However, for many seniors, especially those who have lost the loves of their lives, Valentine’s Day is bittersweet. You can change that for a senior you love who may be feeling alone and forgotten because Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. It is a time to show those you care about a little extra attention and make them feel special. It could be a friend, a parent, a grandparent or even a neighbor. A card or a sweet treat could do the trick for most people, but for a senior, there is one inexpensive, yet very valuable gift you could give that would keep giving all year long – a daily telephone call from a Care Caller at Keeping in Touch Solutions.
Loneliness and depression are rampant in the senior population. In fact, Dr. Marci Teresi, medical director of the memory clinic at Kaiser Santa Clara, said for many of her patients, it’s clear that their doctor visits are “the big social activity for the day or month.”
She goes on to say that (patients) start focusing on things they can’t do, and they focus on pain and that just perpetuates their decline in health.
Knowing a call will come in every day becomes important. Seniors start gathering all the tidbits they want to share or questions they want to ask. All of a sudden, there is something to look forward to, to plan for, to anticipate.
Of course, I have to include that the giver – the son, daughter, grandchild, niece or friend – gets something from providing this service to their loved ones. They get peace of mind knowing that not only is someone checking in on Grandma, but they know that Grandma is engaged and interacting and they often see the positive changes that brings. That’s not all, because if a concern or situation arises, the caregiver is notified right away. Grandma isn’t going to be alone and scared for days before someone stops by or calls.
Show your aging loved ones just how much you care with a Valentine that will continue to generate warm feelings all through the year. It’ll give you a warm feeling, too.
A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.
Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.
I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.
For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.
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