How to help combat loneliness in your community
Welcome to Senior Snippets: an advisory column with the older members of our community in mind brought to you by Home Instead Senior Care in Yeovil, Sherborne, and Bridport.
In this instalment, we will be sharing some ways in which you can help combat loneliness amongst the elderly in the community. Everyone should have someone to spend time with but many older people find themselves feeling lonely and isolated with no one to talk to and share time with.
According to the latest research from Age UK, by 2026 there will be 2 million people over 50 in England who will often feel lonely, which will have a dramatic impact on their well-being and the quality of their lives.
How can you help?
There are lots of easy ways you can help lonely or socially isolated elderly people in the community. We have listed some ways in which you can help someone to feel loved.
Start a conversation: If you see an elderly neighbour on the street, stop and have a chat with them. Ask if they need any help with their shopping, posting letters or help around the house.
Get to know your neighbour: If you don’t know your neighbours, take the opportunity to introduce yourself when you see them next, and ask if you can help in any way. If you know someone who lives alone or doesn’t leave their house much, they might be a good person to reach out to and will most likely appreciate your effort.
Share a meal: Older people often need a hand cooking for themselves, so why not share your time with a neighbour by bringing them an extra serving of a hot, home cooked meal, or even a frozen portion they can heat up or microwave. Either way, your kind gesture would be appreciated!
Share your time: A rewarding way to help combat loneliness is to volunteer for organisations that support older people. These often offer "befriending" schemes for isolated elderly people, and rely on volunteers for one-to-one contact as a telephone "buddy", visitor or driver, or hosting social events for groups.
It's the thought that counts: Something as simple as sending a card or posting one through the letterbox, dropping off a little present, or calling in for a cup of tea can go a long way to making an elderly neighbour feel loved.
Become a CAREGiver: If you have a desire to make a difference to the life of an elderly person, why not share your unique talents and skills to help older people stay independent and live the lifestyle they desire.
Get in touch
Why not take our CAREGiver quiz to see if it is the right career choice for you: https://www.homeinsteadjobs.co.uk/#quiz
Or get in touch with us today to chat about a CAREGiving role by calling 01935 577 030 or have a look at our vacancies.