I want to talk about something very important this week on our blog and it affects our residents and other deeply. Hi, this is Anthony Diaz here and I want to share about how very important it is to visit seniors that live in care facilities. It does not matter if our seniors live in assisted living, in their own homes, in a nursing home or an adult care home like mine, elderly people need and require visitors.
I have seen it repeatedly when someone says they are going to visit their loved one, and they never show. There are no words that can describe how it makes the person feel when their family and friends say they are going to visit and they don’t.
This can send a senior spiraling down and within minutes, a dark depression can consume them. It may take them a few to feel like eating and sleeping again. The depression they feel is hindered by the rejection that happened.
When someone has been displaced from their home, the need for social interaction with their loved ones becomes a priority for maintaining a sense of well-being. Social isolation from one’s family and established friends can lead to depression, despair, and accelerated cognition decline thus contributing to further decline in health.
If you want to try to imagine the feeling, try to take yourself back to when you were a child and someone, like a grandparent or older sibling that had been away is expected to come and visit. Remember the excitement you felt when waiting; that anticipation of their arrival, well that is like what your senior loved ones feel when a visit form a son or daughter, or a good friend is due to visit. Then what happens when there is a no show. The same disappointment and let down that a child might feel. This let down can also have long-term consequences.
That is why it is so important to follow through with visits with seniors that live in care facilities. They wait and look forward to those visits and sometimes, that is all they have to look forward to. It is important to keep in mind that even if there is severe dementia and memory loss there is some form of recognizing that the person they were waiting for did not show up. Make sure if you plan on a visit, dress up and show up even if it is for ten minutes, it can make a bigger difference than you may think for their happiness and over all well-being.