Program Helping Senior Citizens Throughout Pandemic

The pandemic has shed light on the needs of many, especially seniors citizens. With time away from family and being at a higher risk of catching the deadly virus, that time in isolation can be lonely.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 11:16 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2021 12:06 PM

The pandemic has shed light on the needs of many, especially seniors citizens.

With time away from family and being at a higher risk of catching the deadly virus, that time in isolation can be lonely.

"Isolation is a big thing that we've seen, you know going through this COVID restrictions especially, I'm going to point out nursing homes," said Adam Tenbarge, a caregiver at Evansville's Home Instead branch.

It can also lead to something more serious.

"We have found that isolation can have the beginnings of Alzheimer's and if we don't incorporate a lot of that companionship for them, then their just sitting in the home," said Julie Horner, the administrative assistant at Evansville's Home Instead branch. "it causes them to be isolated and depressed."

One way they are going about reducing that lonely feeling some elders have is by sending care givers to sit and enjoy a meal with them. A program called The Companionship Diet, run by Home Instead Senior Care.

"The Companionship Diet is actually to encourage a more healthy lifestyle. We're hoping that they encourage their family members to come in and eat with them or we can also offer our caregivers to come in their home." said Horner.

A simple way to help out seniors during this hard time, simply through a nutrious diet and time spent with others.

"Whether it be meal prep, whether it be transportation, just being there for them making sure their safe in their home is really what's important to us." said Tenbarge.

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