If your elderly family member is lonelier than she has been she might be isolating herself, either accidentally or on purpose. Here are some of the bigger reasons why she might be avoiding other people.
She’s Ashamed or Embarrassed
There can be a lot that’s embarrassing about growing older. Even though your senior probably realizes that people understand, having her body or something else about her change that she can’t control can be something that causes a great deal of shame. Because of that, she might start to isolate herself a little bit more than she ever did before.
She Doesn’t Want to Feel Like a Burden
No matter how joyful you are about being a caregiver, your senior is likely going to worry that she’s a burden to you and to other family members. It’s horrible to feel as if you’re dragging down the people that you love and that can be enough to cause your senior to withdraw. She might also feel as if she’d be a burden to other people who love her, like her close friends.
Any sort of loss causes grief. For your senior, the loss she’s experiencing might be the death of a friend or something that is more difficult to understand. Very often aging adults experience grief and loss around the parts of their lives that are no longer available for them, whatever form that might take.
Health Challenges Are Growing
One big example of loss for your senior might be her health issues. If she’s got chronic health issues that are continuing to become bigger issues, that can be a big reason for her to isolate. Some health issues can also cover multiple categories. For instance, she might be embarrassed by her health issue and she might also be grieving over losing her health. These complications make everything feel bigger and worse.
She’s Battling Poor Mobility
If your elderly family member is experiencing difficulty moving around safely and well, that can cause her to isolate, too. This can be especially true if she needs to use assistive tools, like a walker or even a wheelchair now. For some aging adults, mobility problems feel like a big neon sign pointing arrows right at them and they have a tough time getting past that feeling.
The first part of conquering social isolation for your senior is noticing when it’s a problem. Then you can start putting solutions in place. Hiring elder care providers can help quite a bit, for instance, especially with mobility concerns and other problems associated with getting things done.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Bryn Mawr, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care. Call today: 484-200-7347
Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.