Loneliness at Home for Older People is a Growing Concern 

We’ve all seen the John Lewis ‘man on the moon’ advert but not many people know that loneliness and depression amongst the elderly in our community is a growing concern. With the welcome news that people are living longer comes the concern that more and more older people are ending up on their own, often isolated in their own homes. A staggering one in every five older people express how they sometimes, if not always, feel alone and have no one to talk to and this can have serious effects on their health. 

According to ‘The Campaign to End Loneliness charity’, lacking social connections is considered as much of a risk factor for contributing to an early death as the same older person smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is even worse for than other health issues such as obesity and lack of physical activity.

 

Loneliness at home can affect anyone of any age but with the elderly being considered ‘vulnerable’, it is not just the mental torment of actually being alone but the barriers they can face that physically prevent them from socialising and meeting others. Transport for one, can be a huge factor causing the feeling of isolation, especially when a large number of the elderly suffer from mobility issues. It can provide such a welcome relief for an older person to maintain their independence by having the confidence to get out and about with someone that cares for them.

 

Sadly, even older people who still have family who visit them on a weekly basis, still spend on average around five out of the seven days alone at home with no one to talk to. Shockingly, with as many as 2 million people living in the UK being over the age of 65, over half said they would sometimes go as long as a month before they talk to a friend or family member. This really is a very sad state of affairs. 

Loneliness can go unnoticed; the death of a partner can physically leave an older person on their own but the signs of loneliness are not always as easy to notice and many just assume that they are fine. Something as simple as a phone call can help in the battle against loneliness but in this day and age even that can prove difficult to maintain on a regular basis for some. It’s not usually the concern of Social Services and there is little they can do to help a senior in this situation other than signpost them to another service. Due to the pressures placed upon the voluntary sector to help plug the gap there can often be waiting lists or difficulty getting people in the right place at the right time.

Here at Home Instead for Conwy and Denbighshire we offer high quality care for Seniors in their own homes. We specialise in providing companionship and being there for people who do not have the family or support structure in place, a very common problem living as we do in a retirement area. 

Equally, it may that as a family member you’re looking for some additional care for your Mum and/or Dad as you try to juggle a busy life of many commitments several hours drive away with making sure your loved one is well cared for. 

We’re really proud to be able to provide care and help our Seniors maintain their independence whilst remaining safe and happy at home all across North Wales; including Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn and everywhere in between! 

If you know of anyone who may be suffering from loneliness and needs our help, please give us a call or fill out our In-Home Care Service Enquiry Form.