Helping Older People Stay Safe and Well at Home
Recent months have created unprecedented challenges for older people in our communities and those who care for them. Social distancing, shielding and self-isolation measures designed to protect the over 70’s and those most vulnerable can increase loneliness and cause additional health risks if appropriate support isn’t provided.
The effect of loneliness and isolation on mortality is comparable to the impact of well-known risk factors such as obesity and cigarette smoking. It can also put individuals at greater risk of cognitive decline, dementia and depression.
Home is where most of us feel happiest, but the thought of not having the usual amount of face to face contact and having to cope with tasks that we usually get help with can be difficult.
Here are some tips from the team at Home Instead Senior Care that we can all do to help support older members of our community;
Keep in Touch
Through regular phone or video calls, or even writing letters. It’s helpful to make this part of a regular routine.
Stay Hydrated and Well Nourished
Good nutrition and hydration have physical and mental benefits. Stress and social isolation can cause a lack of motivation to cook or a reduction in appetite. Motivate elderly loved ones with recipes, shopping lists and reminders to eat and drink regularly.
Keep the Routine
Many older people love having a routine so why not plan a schedule with family and friends to make regular phone calls and keep the routine going?
Why not suggest to loved ones that they keep busy with activities such as reading, talking books, puzzles and craft projects? There are lots of resources available online and eBooks available from Norfolk libraries.
Social isolation can lead to boredom and loneliness. Try to think of interesting ways to stay busy. Drop off some board games or books. Share a quiz over the telephone. Age UK Norwich are providing online activity sessions including chair yoga, mindfulness, poetry and gardening.
Home Instead Senior Care provide tailored in-home support to enable older people to live safely and well in the comfort of their own homes. We follow the latest government safety guidelines and can provide assistance with everything from companionship, shopping, meal preparation, and personal care to more specialised live-in and dementia care. For more information call 01603 963317 or visit www.homeinstead.co.uk/norwich