Companionship is the key to good health for longer

Home Instead recently surveyed more than 2000 over 65s and the overwhelming opinion was that regular companionship would help them to stay physically and mentally healthy for longer.

However, the survey revealed that many older people felt lonely, saying that they spent up to 8 hours alone each day.  Almost half of those questioned over the age of 85 faced at least ten hours a day without seeing or speaking to anyone.

As we celebrate Kindness Day, we are urging people in the community to take action to help stop this loneliness.

In many cases a simple gesture such as having a friendly face pop by for a cup of tea or picking up a few groceries from the supermarket can go a long way to making people feel less lonely or isolated.   This is especially true at this time of year, when older people are less likely to get out of the house due to the cold weather.

What can you do to help?

We all lead busy lives but take just a little time to do something nice for someone in your family, or in the wider community. 

Visit your parents or grandparents when you can – pop round and put the kettle on or take them out for lunch. 

Look out for elderly neighbours and offer to help them out – you never know, you might be the only person they’ve seen in days. 

If you have the compassion to help others, why not consider turning this into a rewarding career?

For many older people, home is a sanctuary and it’s no surprise that most people want to stay living at home for as long as possible.  

Our CAREGivers at Home Instead offer support to elderly people to enable them to live more independently at home, as well as providing much needed companionship and encouragement to engage with and remain part of the community.

Home Instead recruits CAREGivers regardless of qualifications or experience – hiring decisions are based on an applicants passion for care and wanting to make a difference. 

If you think you could brighten the lives of older people in your community then please give us a call on 01978 660423 or 01244 735201 or email [email protected]