The Power of an Old Fashioned Phone Call

The Power of an Old Fashioned Phone Call

In this face-paced world, we have more options for communications than ever before. Zoom calls, Facetime, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, WhatsApp and many other alternative forms of modern day communication seem to be the norm now, but for many older adults, a phone call is still their preferred method for staying connected. A simple weekly phone call to an aging family member or friend can make a huge difference in their life and help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. 

The vast majority of older adults would prefer to stay home rather than consider a senior facility. Aging in place can facilitate more independence and provide a higher level of comfort in a familiar setting. While there are many benefits to aging in place, seniors may sometimes feel lonely or isolated, especially if they aren’t getting enough human interaction. 

Some studies have shown that social isolation can make many chronic conditions even worse. Heart disease, a weakened immune system, high blood pressure, depression and many other conditions are often compounded when regular loneliness is an issue. A regular phone call to your aging family member living alone can help prevent loneliness and go a long way towards keeping them engaged in daily life. 

Regular routines are very beneficial to many older adults and can provide a greater sense of security and even reduce anxiety about what is happening next in their day. Try to schedule your phone calls for the same day and time each week. This will give your loved one something to look forward to on a regular basis and provide a greater sense of predictability in their daily routine. 

When you make your phone call, try to keep things light and be sure to have a couple good stories or family updates ready to share. Keep them updated on what’s happening in your life and with their grandchildren! Ask them about activities that keep them active, whether it's their hobbies, their garden or recent local events in the community. These regular phone calls can help you keep track of their mental stability and give you some advanced warning of when they may need some additional help in the home. 

When regular phone calls are not enough, consider matching your aging family member with a compassionate caregiver from Daughter for Hire. Our caregivers have a very positive impact on the lives of our clients by helping out around the house, preparing meals, and providing transportation for appointments, errands, and social activities. But most importantly, our caregivers provide valuable in-person interactions with your senior family member that can greatly reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation, promote longevity and improve their quality of life.

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