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Home Care Services in Springfield VA: Helping Fight Senior Isolation

With over a quarter of seniors over the age of 65 living alone, senior isolation is more common than you might think. If you are concerned that your elderly parent or loved one may be feeling lonely or isolated, home care services from Visiting Angels® Springfield VA can help. We provide physical and emotional support to seniors in Springfield, VA, Annandale, Burke, and the surrounding communities, and promote their well-being through compassionate care and social interaction.

Consequences of Senior Isolation

Despite advances in technology and communications, many people feel lonelier than ever. For seniors who experience changes in mobility, memory, hearing, and vision, this can be especially true and have a negative impact on their health and overall well-being. There are many negative consequences associated with isolation and loneliness, including:

provider of home care services in Springfield VA sitting with elderly man
  • Loneliness is compared to being chronically stressed, raising cortisol levels and impairing immune responses.

  • According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, loneliness may be associated with the development of brain biomarkers associated with preclinical Alzheimer’s disease.

  • There’s a higher mortality risk when there is no one nearby in cases of acute illness.

  • Psychologists from the University of Chicago have discovered that loneliness is contagious.

  • Seniors who withdraw or feel lonely are more likely to make unhealthy lifestyle choices.

How Home Care Services from Visiting Angels Springfield VA Can Help

Thankfully, home care services from Visiting Angels Springfield VA can help your loved one remain engaged and stay connected. Our caregivers provide a wide range of services that promote physical and mental well-being, including:

  • Assistance with technology
    Technology is a great way to stay connected, especially with friends and relatives that live far away, but many seniors get frustrated trying to use it. Our caregivers can help seniors with text messaging, FaceTime, and social media, providing another outlet for social interaction.

  • Transportation
    For seniors that can no longer drive or have limited mobility, it can be difficult to get to favorite activities and interact with others. Home care services from Visiting Angels Springfield VA can help by providing transportation to activities, such as social outings with friends, church, and community events, as well as to shopping, errands, and appointments.

  • Help with light housekeeping
    Mobility challenges can also make it difficult to perform daily household tasks. For many seniors, this can be embarrassing, and prevent them from inviting over company, leading to further isolation. We help by performing light housekeeping tasks, such as vacuuming, dusting, and tidying up, so seniors feel comfortable being social in their homes.

Want to learn more about our home care services for seniors in Springfield, VA, Annandale, Burke, and the surrounding communities? Call Visiting Angels Springfield VA today for a free no cost consultation.

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