There are times when all of us crave time to be alone for reflection and that good old “me” time. Yet too much alone time can lead to depression and other issues. But if you are a nursing home resident dealing with health issues a lack of social interaction and support can accelerate the reality of physical limitation..
An article in Mcknight’s Long Term Care publication highlights the impact of social isolation and lack of family support on aging residents. They highlight the profound impact of socialization on the six dimensions of health defined as emotional, physical,vocational,spiritual, intellectual,and social. Is it any wonder why activities are a critical component of the holistic care of a nursing home resident?
Our mission at Adopt A Nursing Home Patient challenges us to enhance the level of activities by infusing attention on the interests and passions of the individual resident. Hence, the suggestions made by the article to have book clubs, for example is targeted to the residents who love reading and discussing their books. Hence, our challenge is to locate volunteers who can not only lead a book club but have a similar passion for books.
We are convinced that attention to those six dimensions of health can really improve the quality of life for the nursing home resident. It can really give HOPE to the Lonely.
Please take a few minutes to read the Mcknight article and offer suggestions and comments.