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What are the benefits of companionship in care?

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There is a huge number of people around the UK who live alone. Often it is the elderly who live alone due to the passing of a partner or family moving away. Often due to busy lives, it is these elderly people who are left forgotten; shockingly, a recent report from Age UK found that 1.4 million older people in the UK are often lonely. This loneliness can not only have a negative effect on them mentally but lead to faster physical deterioration as well. In this blog we will explore the benefits of companionship in care.

Why is compassion important?

Human beings are social creatures and companionship significantly affects our overall well-being. Social isolation and feelings of loneliness can have detrimental effects on both our physical and mental health. Studies have shown that prolonged loneliness and social isolation can increase the risk of developing chronic health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. Moreover, social isolation can negatively impact our mental health, leading to feelings of depression and anxiety. 

These feelings can harm older adults who may already be dealing with other age-related challenges. Hence, it is essential to recognise the importance of companionship in leading a happy life and maintaining overall well-being. By simply spending some time talking to these elderly people, we can help reverse these negative effects and help them live a more enjoyable and fuller life. 

What is compassion care?

Compassion care is a friendly and regular face to help you experience a more enjoyable and fulfilled life. A carer will help be there for you or a loved one as much as you need. They can just pop in for a chat over a cuppa, help you rediscover your lost passions, or just provide support when you need it. There are various options available for those seeking companionship care. Care homes can provide a supportive environment with round-the-clock care and social opportunities. Alternatively, in-home companionship care allows individuals to receive personalised support in the comfort of their own homes.

Compassion care is a great option for those who are worried about a loved one and are looking for some help caring for them; this can be because they live far away or are just not able to give them the time and support they feel they need.

What are the benefits of companionship?

There are a vast number of benefits compassion can have on those who are feeling isolated, and it often doesn’t take more than just a visit and chat, whether it is from a friend or a family member. Below are a few of the main benefits that a little compassion can have:

Staying healthy

One of the critical benefits of companionship is that it contributes to a healthier lifestyle. Regular social interactions can lower stress levels, boost the immune system, and reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions. Additionally, companionship can encourage individuals to maintain a healthy lifestyle by engaging in physical activities and making better dietary choices, further promoting overall health.

Improved mental health

Companionship can significantly improve mental health by relieving feelings of loneliness and depression. Regular social interactions provide emotional support, encourage positive thinking, and foster a sense of belonging. People who receive regular interactions report having increased self-esteem and self-confidence, as they feel valued and supported by their social connections.

Reduced risks of dementia

Studies show that social engagement can reduce the risk of developing dementia. Regular social interactions stimulate cognitive function, improve memory, and help maintain overall brain health. By providing companionship, individuals can actively engage in mentally stimulating activities and conversations, significantly contributing to maintaining cognitive health in the long run. This can be as simple as talking about the news or asking them to tell you about their youth, or doing a crossword together.

A sense of belonging

Enhanced social interactions can help individuals build their confidence and encourage them to seek new friendships and maintain existing relationships. This, in turn, fosters a sense of community and belonging. Participating in group activities, attending community events, or simply engaging in regular conversations with friends and family can significantly enhance an individual’s social life and overall well-being.

How to hire a companion

Hiring a support worker for companionship care involves finding a qualified and experienced professional who can provide the necessary emotional and practical support. For guidance on how to hire a support worker, visit our blog How to Hire a support worker.

The benefits of companionship are numerous, ranging from improved physical and mental health to enhanced social connections and family relationships. Embracing the importance of friendship can be life-changing for someone who is suffering from loneliness. If you feel like compassion care can be beneficial to you or a member of your family, call us on 01242 505415 or get in touch with your local Safehands Healthcare team. We have offices in Cheltenham, Worcester, Hereford, Staffordshire and Telford.

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