With stretched NHS budgets, getting support for mental health conditions can be tough. Not only are there long waiting lists, but you might not see the same care team or GP each time. Plus, the NHS care team doesn’t have the time or resources to follow up regularly. This can be frustrating and unhelpful.
Fortunately, home care can plug this gap and provide additional emotional support when you need it most. Read on to discover the benefits of companionship care across Suffolk, Essex, and Greater London for mental health.
Mental health matters
Family members and doctors like to remind us to look after our physical health. Eat well, take the right medication, stay active – we’ve heard it time and time again. But looking after your mental health is just as important as looking after your physical health. Yet, for ageing adults in particular, a huge emphasis is placed on looking after physical health that emotional wellbeing is often a second thought. Perhaps this explains why older people have less access to mental health services and support compared to other age groups.
As you might have already guessed, depression is the most common mental health condition for older people, affecting 22% of men and 28% of women aged 65 or over. It’s closely followed by anxiety.
Loneliness is also a common problem and the effects can be equally heartbreaking. After all, nobody deserves to feel alone. Loneliness can also lead to increased risk of developing dementia or depression. A few reasons why loneliness is such a growing concern amongst older people is that social circles naturally grow smaller, financial limitations can prevent us from doing things we love, and mobility issues can keep us housebound. This means less time spent with friends, doing things that bring joy and being out and about in the community.
What is companionship care?
As social creatures, building meaningful relationships and feeling connected is an important part of overall happiness and wellbeing.We design our companionship care to help counter the effects of loneliness and other mental health issues, no matter your age or physical condition. Whether we’re enjoying a cup of tea and a chat, spending the day at the park, or sharing a hobby together, our friendly carers are here to help you feel connected and cared for. We can even help you maintain connection in the community or expand your social network with people who care.
You’ve got a friend in us
Our compassionate carers are committed to and invested in your wellbeing. A team of dedicated carers will rotate their visits with you so that you can spend time with a familiar face.
Are you a football fan? Or do you love arts and culture? We match you with your carers based on your interests and hobbies so that your time spent together is as fun as it could possibly be. But don’t worry – no matter who shows up at your door, you’re sure to enjoy each other’s company. You’ve got a friend in us. Always.
Get in touch
Our friendly team is here to support both your physical and emotional wellbeing. If you could benefit from the support we offer, feel free to get in touch or contact us on 0208 176 9545. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or provide more information.