For many people who are living alone, having a health condition or limited mobility can mean they become quite isolated and lonely and there may not be as many friends around as there once was. Companionship home care is a popular choice to ease feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Loneliness can have a significant effect on overall feelings of wellbeing and in turn be detrimental to health and delay recovery from illness and injury.
Living at a distance from an older parent, and spending a vast majority of your time managing family and a career, can make it extremely difficult to help an older parent who may be finding it harder to keep themselves social. This is especially troubling if a spouse has passed away, or they are not well. Holiday’s and family gatherings might be the only really significant time that you spot changes in their health or wellbeing, and the time in between family get togethers can be a difficult and lonely time for them.
How our companionship home care service can help
MyLife offers you the option for a carefully selected companion to either visit your parent or family member regularly, or to live-in with them so that they have the company as and when they need it. Their MyLife companion will be chosen by your family member after we have learned about what they would like, their hobbies, interests, and what they like to talk about. MyLife aims to match these personalised needs with the appropriate person for their companionship. A MyLife companion is able to gently coax out a conversation, or simply sit with your loved one. They are chosen for their social skills; understanding social cues and personality is important in building a good relationship.
We do find that sometimes there may be a little resistance to begin with, however over a short period of time the barriers come down and a good relationship is formed – their MyLife companion becomes a welcome and familiar part of their everyday life.