Loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience. We all know how it feels to be lonely but did you know that around 1 million older people regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone?
Half of all people aged 75 and over live alone, and 1 in 10 people aged 65 or over say that they are always or often feel lonely – that is just over a million people. (Source: www.ageuk.org.uk)
To tackle this growing problem there are a lot of services available. Older people need a broad range of opportunities and activities to help tackle loneliness. These can include care and befriending support as well as opportunities that can connect them to their local communities, for example faith, learning, fitness, leisure and cultural activities. Having regular visits from the same person at a regular time can really alleviate those feeling of loneliness. This in turn can give a boost to an individual’s confidence and therefore have an overall improvement for mental and physical health.
Age UK offer a befriending service. A person is assigned who then provides friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis over a long period of time. There is also a telephone befriending service called ‘Call in time’. The relationship is structured so that the call is made at a pre-arranged and regular time.
Contact the Elderly is a national charity and organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for people over 75 who live alone with little or no support from family and friends. These parties are a lifeline of friendship bringing older people and volunteers together for an afternoon of stories, laughter and conversation.
Here at Sussex Grange a personal home care service can be arranged with our expert carers around the Chichester and Selsey areas. This is a flexible service that delivers the help that our clients need, when they need it. We offer a variety of services and will work with the individual to create a plan to suit their personal requirements. If needs change our service will change. We are here to support our clients who are our central point of focus. For more information, please contact Karen or Tom at Sussex Grange to discuss the requirements.