There are a huge number of people who live alone and do not see or speak to anyone for days on end. This is especially so for many older adults. Loneliness is now being recognised as a major cause for health concern.
According to Age UK, 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone; and of this statistic, 2 million are aged 75 years and over.
Being lonely can lead to all sorts of complications to both your physical and emotional wellbeing. It is an issue often taken for granted.
We can provide you or your loved one with a friendly and familiar face to help stimulate social interaction. This may be just to have a chat over a hot drink and reminisce over past or current events; but it can encompass much more.
Support Workers can assist you to engage in your hobbies and interests as well as supporting you to access the community. They can accompany you:
- to get your shopping done (or do it for you if you are unable to)
- to visit friends and family
- to attend appointments
- to cafes or restaurants
- to the cinema or theatre
Companionship support helps people to feel empowered, valued and less isolated. It is especially beneficial for people living alone and suffering from Dementia. We have found that this service is also helpful to many carers who need some respite; whether it is for a few hours, all day or overnight.