We have all experienced the power of touch in some fashion. Some have benefited from the comfort that a hug provides, and others have sensed immense support from a hand on the shoulder. From the cradle to the grave, human beings value touch, and many caregivers and healthcare professionals would go so far as to say that we cannot live without it.
The geriatric years of life are a time when frequent touching no longer occurs for many individuals. These individuals might have lost their spouses or close friends, live in a facility far from family and loved ones or reside miles away from adult children and grandchildren. Physical and cognitive impairments sometimes decrease a senior’s ability to leave home, and this can reduce opportunities for daily interaction with others. The end result is increased challenges in finding ways to experience daily touch.
In fact, scientific studies have shown that touch lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and depression and increases the functioning of the immune system. The simple action of a touch can even boost levels of healthy endorphins and cortisone within the body, reduce sensations of pain and promote an overall feeling of well-being. With this knowledge in mind, finding ways to increase human contact among seniors is increasingly important.
If you spend time with a senior on a regular basis or provide care for an aging loved one in Naples, remember the value of touch. A hug or even a friendly pat on the back can go a long way. At Home Care Assistance of Naples, we encourage families and our caregivers to form a bond with the care recipient to enhance the positive benefits of touch, and welcome the senior’s efforts at reciprocating touch. Although, it sometimes it takes time to form a relationship where touch is welcomed, the benefits of human contact will always shine through when opportunities for touch are increased.
If your aging parent, grandparent or loved one lives alone and may lack companionship in their day to day life, consider the benefits of a home companion. With flexible hourly and overnight scheduling, you can rest assured your loved one has the support of a professional caregiver at all hours of the day, forming a meaningful and long-lasting relationship to promote a higher quality of life. For more information about hourly care in Naples, FL contact Home Care Assistance at 239-449-4701 to speak with a Care Manager and schedule a complimentary no obligation consultation.