Each year, Heritage Healthcare launches a ‘Combatting Elderly Loneliness’ campaign to highlight the impact loneliness has on our older generation. The difficulties we have all faced this year during the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that loneliness can affect anyone.
A large portion of 2020 has seen the UK in ‘lockdown’, with households restricted from mixing and social activities closing. For vulnerable or older people, these restrictions have had a big impact on socialising and mental health.
Over 2 million people age over 75 live alone in the UK, and many say they can go for a month with our speaking to a relative, friend or neighbour. Research conducted in May 2020 found 2.9 million older people said their mental health has been affected by Coronavirus.
The festive season is a time to be with loved ones; this year, the government has announced up to three households can form a ‘Christmas Bubble‘ between 23rd – 27th December in England and in Wales, Many older people will feel a bigger impact of loneliness if they are unable to celebrate how they used to, either by visiting family and friends, or attending an event hosted by a local service or charity.
This month, Heritage Healthcare will be discussing how we can all support older people in our family or community for what may be a very different Christmas for many.
Our home care and support services have helped individuals to continue living at home for longer. Our companionship service aims to stop our clients feeling lonely and reassures them that a friendly, trusted face will be popping in to visit them. Throughout the pandemic, our care team have worked tirelessly to deliver essential care and support to allow clients to feel safe and secure within their own home.