The battle to beat loneliness
In the care industry it is often a regular occurrence for our carers to meet individuals who are suffering from loneliness. This could be because they’re not as mobile as they used to be and so can’t get out of the house on a regular basis or simply because they don’t have friends or family living close by.
According to the Campaign to End Loneliness; 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month.
More than half of all people aged 75 and over live alone and roughly 3.9million say the television is their main company.
63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report they feel lonely some of the time or often.
Our carers are on a continuous mission to help end loneliness with the care they provide.
They are always a bright and smiling face for our service users to see and often can be the only person they’ll see that day or even that week. So it’s important for them to have a chat and act like more of a friend as well as a carer.
This small amount of effort on our carer’s behalf can really brighten someone’s day and we also encourage other people to do the same. Simply pop in on an elderly relative, friend or neighbour for a cuppa and a chat. You could even take them out or invite them over for lunch or dinner.