Adults can go through the same stresses as younger generations, including being lonely. This is prevalent when one has moved into a retirement community senior living in Elgin, SC during the first few months of their stay there. During this period, they may not know many people and unless they are outgoing, they may find themselves being lonely. If one has chosen a high-quality retirement community, this should not be a problem. Many strategies can be adopted to make sure that loneliness is not a factor. Some of the things that can be done to counter loneliness through friendship include:
Video Calls with Loved Ones
Making frequent video calls with loved ones is a fantastic way to find out how they are doing and combat loneliness. It gives one a feeling of inclusivity in the livelihoods of their children, grandchildren, and other relatives. The team members in the retirement community will find it easy to set up such a video call if you are not able to do it yourself. When choosing an ideal retirement community, it would be wise to get one that has a high-speed internet connection to facilitate this.
Use In-Home Care Services
If you are not very mobile due to problems such as fractures or a debilitating illness, you could ask for in-home care services where a team member will take care of your personal needs and will take you out to socialize with the other members of the community. This avoids having to stay cooped up in the apartment. Our team members are very friendly and would be glad to do this for you, so do not feel shy about asking them. Frequent interaction with other community members is underrated; it can bring a lot of joy into your life. In addition to simply talking to other people, you could also take part in activities and fun community events.
Many studies support using pets to ease mood disorders such as anxiety, depression, or even dysthymia. If you live in a community that allows pets, you could opt to get one that could keep you company when in the apartment or whenever you are alone. It is important to pick a naturally friendly pet that does not need much maintenance. Dogs are usually the most preferred pets for this role, and they can improve your life.
If you notice your loneliness affecting other aspects of your life, consider getting counseling and psychotherapy. Many people stigmatize this, but a substantial number of people can benefit from it but do not get the service. A retirement community may have a psychologist or psychiatrist to help you with this. If not, you can use concierge services to book an appointment with a therapist who is not a resident of the community, and then use the transport services to get there. You will be given a lot of information regarding the root cause of your loneliness and a means of getting rid of it once and for all.