Tracey Crouch has a new brief to help combat loneliness amongst the estimated 9 million adults in the UK who have indicated that they feel lonely. Loneliness and isolation amongst older people is a real issue not only distressing for the individuals involved but with wider implications for health and wellbeing.
I did have the opportunity to meet Tracey Crouch when she visited AGE UK Barnet. She is passionate about this issue and I do hope that she will make a difference. I am a trustee at AGE UK Barnet and we have focussed on developing an array of activities and services to reach out to isolated and lonely older people in Barnet.
Here at Home Instead we have recognised isolation and loneliness can be a real challenge for older people living independently at home. Our CAREGivers are trained to encourage their clients to attend activities in their local communities and look for opportunities to engage in conversation, hobbies, and talk about their lives. Supporting our clients to maintain their relationships with family, friends, and their community is a major goal for Home Instead.