Companion care can be costly
The average cost of in-home companion care can be as much as $25 per hour. Having a companion in your home can cost nearly $200 for just eight hours of care.
Too often, in-home care does not dispel the loneliness and isolation that so many seniors experience. And the costs associated with isolation and loneliness are more than financial ones. Poor health outcomes are harder to measure but no less serious.
Studies prove isolation is dangerous
A study at Brigham Young University showed that not having the ability to connect with others and the feelings of isolation that accompany it are comparable to “…smoking 15 cigarettes per day. It has been linked to heart disease, depression, and cognitive problems like Alzheimer’s and dementia.” The twin issues of isolation and loneliness have also been linked to high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, a weakened immune system, depression, anxiety, cognitive decline, and even early death. When we are with other people — when we get up and make connections — we feel better.
According to Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and author in Connecticut, “Isolation is the real issue we need to focus on.” While both can have negative impacts on health, isolation, he believes, is a bigger problem, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The bad news is that the AARP Foundation estimates that more than 8 million adults over 50 are affected by isolation. The good news is that isolation is often a condition we can overcome.
As scary as this is, isolation and loneliness can be overcome by connecting with others. Days spent at Mar-Bon aren’t only a benefit and comfort to our members but to their families as well.
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Mar-Bon Social Club is not a medically staffed or memory care facility. All of our members must be able to move around on their own, whether they get around independently or use a walker, wheelchair, or cane. They also have to be able to use the restroom independently and administer their own medications.