As we all know, this year has been an unprecedented one in many areas, and one thing that has been difficult for most people is the feeling of loneliness that came with the lock downs and self-isolation. Unfortunately, this is how many people feel all year round, particularly elderly people. According to Age UK, there are 1.4 million chronically lonely older people in England alone, and that’s before the pandemic hit.
Although there are restrictions still in place in many parts of the country and it may feel difficult to connect and help people feel less lonely, it is still doable. One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply pick up the phone or even better, have a video call. Even though this isn’t the same as a face to face meeting, it still enables conversations to flow and to see another person’s face. Having a set time and day each week can also give them something to look forward to.
Another, more festive way to stay connected is to send Christmas cards or letters in the post. Sending cards to your loved ones is a simple way to put a smile on their face! Tell them what you’ve been up to, share a joke or even send a small gift (like some homemade cookies); to let them know that they have someone out there who cares for them, even if you can’t see them in person. You could even go one step further and drop a care hamper at their door. Include their favourite Christmas treats such as chocolate or mince pies, photos of you and your family, fluffy socks and luxury toiletries.
However, as you know some loved ones need more than their loneliness confronted this Christmas. They may be living with dementia or need extra support at home. And if due to the current circumstances you can’t visit or care for someone in your family; live-in care is a great way to ensure that not only are your loved ones cared for to a high standard, but to guarantee they have companionship during these hard times. To find out more about our services, click here.
Let’s all stick together and reach out this Christmas to help ease loneliness!