Maintaining your social activities in your community is important for your wellbeing and health. Whether you have an existing social network or whether you are looking to meet new people and try new things, staying socially active will combat loneliness and isolation.
Social activities include the following:
- Visiting friends and family
- One on one visits at home
- Taking you to your regular social activities or hobbies
- Being part of the St Louis Social Activities program, an opportunity to have a fun outings and meet new people
- Sewing classes, art therapy, gardening groups, walking and swimming groups
- Getting involved in social events with other groups
- Going for a drive and visiting a favourite bakery and eating by the beach
- Sharing a meal or a cup of tea or coffee
- Having a coffee after your shopping
- Playing a game of cards, or sharing time with others doing puzzles
- Sharing meal preparation and baking at home with St Louis Home Care
Please ask us about our social support and what we can do for you. At St Louis, we can organise our social coordinators to meet with you in the comfort of your own home. We spend the time getting to know what is important in your life and your interests, past, present or things you would still like to do. We find that once our clients start talking, they uncover people and places that are still important to them, and we include this in their home care plan.
We’re here to help
We have so many great stories to share. Give us a call on 08 8332 0950 in Adelaide or 08 8552 1481 in Victor Harbor to find out how we can help you discover what you can include in your home care support plan to help you live the life you want at home for longer.
How our social support helped Marlene develop a new social circle
For years Marlene spent a lot of time at home alone,
and her family were growing increasingly concerned about her they were worried she was becoming what they described her as “a bit isolated from things she used to enjoy”. With the support and encouraging perseverance of our Home Care Coordinators, she agreed to attend one of our social events. Her first activity was a bus trip for a drive and lunch, and she thoroughly enjoyed herself and wondered why she hadn’t thought to do this earlier!
Now Marlene comes to chair exercises, more bus trips as well as other activities she chooses from our monthly social calendars. She now she loves going out, meeting and talking with people and making new friends. Her outlook has changed, she describes herself as feeling happy and healthy in her own home. She still values her quiet time at home but admitted she enjoys it more now because she’s not at home as much.