For two years you’ve done your best to help your senior loved one navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in their own home. From offering advice to your loved one on changing health safety practices and just checking in more often than before, it’s easy to see that while caregiving is rewarding — it’s also exhausting. You just can’t be with your loved one 24/7. How can you go about finding quality Torrance senior living help so your loved one doesn’t feel isolated and alone as the pandemic drags on?
Wouldn’t it give you peace of mind to find a caregiver — not only to help manage your beloved senior’s schedule and/or maintain their home — but to get to social activities? Wouldn’t spending time out in nature, enjoying the fabulous weather and ocean views that the nearby Palos Verdes Peninsula offers, invigorate your loved one’s overall social and mental wellbeing? A Peaceful Way Home Care has caregivers to lend a hand (and an ear) all while helping your loved one enjoy social activities and natural spaces.
Filling the Social Activity Gap
While health safety is key, you know your loved one needs to be engaged in some type of social activity. Since the pandemic’s beginning, most of the four senior centers on the Palos Verdes Peninsula have been closed, and services at the nearby Bartlett Senior Center that have always invigorated the Torrance senior living community, have been limited/closed, too.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Although it’s hard to measure social isolation and loneliness precisely, there is strong evidence that many adults aged 50 and older are socially isolated or lonely in ways that put their health at risk. Recent studies found that: Social isolation was associated with about a 50 percent increased risk of dementia.” While many senior centers have limitations with COVID-19, the City of Torrance offers programs, classes, and events for the Torrance senior living community, including:
- Optimum Life Educational Foundation Fitness Classes
- Free Computer Training (tablets and smartphones, too): Learn about e-mail, texting, etc., so your loved one can stay socially connected with family and friends
- Billiards (room reservation is required)
If your loved one feels more comfortable staying out of public spaces during the pandemic, there are virtual options to connect with other Torrance senior living community members:
- Online games like Bingo, Jeopardy!, and Bridge are offered through Zoom
- Virtual fitness classes
Immersing Your Loved One in Nature
A Peaceful Way Home Care has caregivers that can assist your loved one with getting out in nature. Whether it’s a walk around the block, caring for plants on the patio, or people-watching near Palos Verdes’ scenic ocean views, your senior can escape the indoors monotony and enjoy a breath of fresh air with assistance — and friendly, social interaction — from our qualified, compassionate caregivers.
Jessica Finlay, a University of Minnesota graduate student and former research assistant on the Therapeutic Landscapes and Wellbeing in Later Life: Impacts of Blue and Green Spaces for Older Adults study, suggests that seniors use these tips for healthier aging:
- “Focus on your overall wellbeing: mental and social health are just as important as physical health when aging.”
- “Get out the door regularly, even if it’s just to the end of the block and back.”
- “Prioritize everyday contact with nature – whether it’s sitting in a park, listening to a water fountain, or looking at potted plants on a windowsill.”
Whether your loved one needs live-in or part-time Torrance senior living care, A Peaceful Way Home Care can help. We provide non-medical, in-home caregiver services. Contact us for a free in-home assessment: (310) 377-3776.