Combatting loneliness in the elderly with care
Heartbreakingly, on average 225,000 over-60s, who are living within their own home, can go over a week without talking to a single person. And while this isn’t reflective of the residents in our homes, the facts on loneliness in later life are surprisingly sad and have never been so relevant than now, during a pandemic.
Government lockdowns and social isolation have led to further increased feelings of loneliness in many elderly people in our local communities, with fewer opportunities for social contact to maintain meaningful relationships. And unsurprisingly, this increased loneliness in older people will likely have a significant impact on their wellbeing and self-worth.
But what solutions are there to elderly loneliness? Well for many families, respite care has been a lifeline. Respite care with us not only offers carers the chance to take a break, but with the reassurance that their loved one is in safe care 24/7. Respite care is a great opportunity for respite clients to make friendships and take part in meaningful activities. June who recently enjoyed a respite stay at our Lake View Residential Care Home in Telford says of her stay: “I really enjoyed being around other people again and making friends, I also I felt very safe.” You can read more about how we are beating loneliness with care in our homes below.
Contact our dedicated Enquiry Support Team today for advice on respite care options and we can talk you through our safe admissions process. We can also help you find your local respite care services, call 0800 917 0478.
Combatting elderly loneliness through respite care
Our devoted staff provide short and long term respite care breaks, often on a pre-bookable basis, in many of our care homes near you. Providing not only a safe and welcoming environment from the moment you walk through our doors, with a caring service truly tailored to their needs. Whether that’s care and support needs or a desire to be independent and make social connections, our teams are here for you.
We understand that everyone is different and their need to combat loneliness will be personal to them. Some will thrive with meaningful activities, while others will enjoy the mental stimulation of a simple one-on-one conversation that goes beyond “are you okay?”. And that’s why we get to know our residents and their families. Understanding what’s important to them will not only ensure they settle in quickly, combatting loneliness and enriching lives, as well as giving loved ones that peace of mind.
Furthermore, we know first-hand that caring for a loved one isn’t easy. Despite being hugely rewarding, it can be exhausting and emotionally draining too, as well as lonely.
But we are here for families just like Carole below from the moment they pick up the phone. Our friendly Enquiry Support Team are here to talk. Find out more about our flexible respite stays by calling the team on 0800 917 0478.
Carole’s father Dennis came to The Laurels Residential and Nursing Home in Derby for a respite stay during the pandemic. Carole was impressed with her overall experience from first contact with our dedicated Enquiry Support Team, to her dad moving in, saying: “It was a really positive experience. The trust element is so important, especially right now and when you phone, they always tell you how he is and what he’s been doing.” Her father who lived alone is now safe and settled in his new home: “It was nice to see him look so well – I don’t think he realises how lucky he is.” Adding that her “experience with Sanctuary Care has been “very refreshing and positive.”
How we are combatting loneliness with care
As a provider, beating loneliness goes beyond respite care and our dedicated activities teams. It’s a whole-home approach and no matter what role our staff may have within our care homes, every single person has a crucial part to play in enriching our residents’ lives. From our wonderful home managers, carers and nurses, chefs, maintenance staff, activities coordinators and our domestic teams, working together and building relationships is at the heart of what we do.
We take the time to find out what makes our residents happy and fulfilled, especially for those who are feeling lonely. With social isolation and loneliness affecting mental and physical wellbeing, our staff support residents to develop friendships, not only with fellow residents but also by promoting intergenerational connections in our local community, often building relationships with nearby schools and nurseries. Our teams have worked hard to maintain social contact during the pandemic through the use of technology as well as more traditional methods such as letter writing.
Read more stories about how respite care supports people like Jean, who usually lives alone and has enjoyed two respite breaks at our Juniper House Residential Care Home in Worcester. Jean said she: “made friends with many of the residents, where we’ve shared life stories over a cup of coffee” and wouldn’t hesitate to come back again for a care break as it has “been joyful!”. She described the “care with kindness” to feeling “really safe.”
Safe care home admissions to beat isolation
Moving into a care home may be extremely daunting, especially during a pandemic. We understand this and recognise that this is a deciding factor to staying at home right now, isolating away from connection and in some cases feeling lonely. But we are here to reassure you from the moment you get in touch with our Enquiry Support Team, who will share details all about our safe admissions and discuss how each of our care homes have designated safe visiting spaces to enable families to visit their loved ones.
Respite Care near you
Use our find a care home search to locate respite care services near you, we have homes throughout England and Scotland. Alternatively, contact our expert Enquiry Support Team who can assist you in finding a suitable home in your area, call 0800 917 0478 or download our free Respite Care Guide which can be found on our Enquiry Team page.