We have all faced a difficult year filled with uncertainty and anxiety. For the older and more vulnerable people in our communities, the UK lockdown has made them feel lonely and isolated.
This month, we have been highlighting the issue of elderly loneliness, especially during the festive season, and how we can all support our loved ones.
At Heritage Healthcare Trafford and Cheshire, our focus is allowing individuals to remain in the comfort of their own home for longer. Alongside our home care services such as personal care, household help and complex needs support, our care team provide companionship to each client to prevent loneliness.
Companionship is the feeling of closeness with another person and is an essential human need. More than 2 million people aged over 75 live alone and may have felt a big impact on their socialisation whilst in ‘lockdown’. The care we provide has been essential for our most vulnerable clients during the pandemic, and in some cases, our care team have been the only source of contact some individuals would have had that day.
We work with our clients and their loved ones to create a unique care plan tailored to their needs and requirements. For many families, just knowing one of our Home Carers will be visiting a loved one to help with daily tasks or to deliver essential items makes a huge difference.
With our companionship service, we aim to keep the mind and body active by having a chat about current events or reminiscing about their memories. Our team help clients get out into their community, either with a walk or visiting the local shops. In normal circumstances, the team would also help clients attend social activities and visit friends and family to maintain their lifestyle.
The unique support provided by Heritage Healthcare Trafford and Cheshire puts the client first, allowing them to remain independent at home for longer and providing reassurance to loved ones.