As we age, the situation to rely solely on ourselves is not uncommon. Relying too heavily on our own person can be isolating though, especially among the aging population.  Isolation

While relying on the help of family or nursing staff can quickly become frustrating, it can also cause seniors to feel like a burden on others, thus creating the desire to isolate themselves. For this, and many other reasons, it is very important that seniors avoid isolation.

 

There are dangers associated with older adults being alone by way of isolating themselves. 

Risk of injury. A senior may suffer an injury during their time alone. This can be as minor as a cut or bruise, or as serious as a trip and fall accident. If the injury is severe, they may not be able to access a telephone to call for help.

Risk of depression. Older adults are at risk of suffering from depression, especially if they isolate themselves. 

How can you help prevent or resolve the issue of senior isolation?

Consider providing transportation. Seniors need a method of transportation to get to the store, to visit a friend, or to simply go visit a friend or family member. Whether that means picking them up and taking them out or considering a transportation service designed for them, provide a way for your aging loved one to get around. This has been proven time and again to do wonders for their mental health and overall well being. 
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If you have any questions about our transportation services, please do not hesitate to contact us.