For some elderly loved ones, their family caregiver is the only person they feel a need to be social with on a daily basis. The problem is that you’re only one person and your loved one does need to interact socially with other people more regularly.
Take Your Loved One to Places Where She Can Meet Other People
One reason that your loved one may see you as her only social outlet is that she’s not going places where she can meet other people with whom she has things in common. By going to new places with her and meeting new people together, you can help your loved one have new experiences. Then, as she becomes more comfortable, you can gradually back away and let your loved one socialize a bit without you.
Avoid Pressuring Your Loved One
If your loved one is nervous about meeting new people and socializing, it might not be that she doesn’t have the opportunity. In that case, pressuring your loved one or trying to force her to be more social with other people can do her more harm than good. Try to avoid pushing your loved one into being social if she’s really not open to it.
Start Inviting Other People Over
You can start inviting other people over on an individual basis if your loved one is more comfortable at home. This can also help to ease her into socializing when she’s reluctant to do so. Start with people that your loved one knows and feels somewhat comfortable with on her own. Gradually, you can ease out of these interactions, letting your loved one handle more of the socializing on her own.
Hire Home Care Providers
Home care providers can provide companionship for your elderly loved one and they can help to ease social situations for her. As your loved one becomes more comfortable having home care providers around and becomes more adept at socializing with others, she may feel less dependent on you to provide all of her companionship.
As you and your loved one expand her horizons a bit, you may find it becoming a little bit easier for her to socialize with other people besides yourself.