Social engagement in long term care is a top priority in determining the quality of life among the older adults. Studies have shown that about 50% of seniors score low on the index of social engagement (ISE), a metric used to gauge their level of social engagement. Lower scores have been associated with Emotional distress in residents, especially those with dementia, can lead to Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), such as depression, agitation, wandering, and hitting out.
We aim to provide consistent social engagement by promoting a culture of companionship within long term care facilities. This enables the companions to be familiar with the senior’s home environment thus supporting them to age in place.
Our solution also aims to create trustworthy service by streamlining communication between the family, the facility, recreational team and the companion.
Inspired by a compassionate care approach, this solution was unveiled by nurses who work in long term care facilities and are passionate in helping seniors age in place.While working at long term care facilities, it became evident that some seniors were becoming socially isolated due language barriers
Our team identified this gap that existed when it came to supporting seniors especially those of diverse and ethnocultural backgrounds. Thus we decided to bring our efforts together to support the future of aging seniors. We saw the need and we responded to the call!
We see the positive difference that companions make in care facilities as well as with the slowing down dementia progression. Seniors are never alone, the companion always articulates the needs of the senior and keeps them engaged.