When you stop to think about the issues that ageing adults face, problems like a decline in physical health, memory, and mobility may come to mind. But one of the growing concerns amongst the elderly that is often overlooked is loneliness.
Loneliness is a serious issue that affects approximately 1.4 million older people in the UK alone. This statistic is heartbreaking. No one deserves to feel alone, no matter their age. That’s why we offer companionship care across Suffolk, Essex and Greater London. Read on to discover the benefits of companionship care and how it can help combat loneliness.
The effects of loneliness
Over recent years, the devastating effects of loneliness amongst older generations have rightfully been recognised in our society. Not only can loneliness lead to depression and other mental health issues, it can also exacerbate current illness and conditions.
As a person ages, certain changes are naturally to be expected. Sadly, you may inevitably lose family members and close friends. As social circles decline, you may find that you have fewer people to chat with, lean on for support, or even just enjoy a cup of tea with.
Other issues like limited mobility or dealing with falls and injuries can keep a person homebound. This means you may not be able to participate in activities or attend events that once brought you joy. Even missing out on regular interactions with the cashier at your local grocery store can contribute to feelings of isolation.
Statistics show that approximately 2 million people over the age of 75 live alone in the UK. With less social interactions and less time spent in the community, it’s no wonder loneliness is such a growing epidemic amongst older people.
Understanding companionship care
Companionship care is centred around increasing socialisation with the goal being to combat loneliness and counter isolation. Although a carer can help keep the home tidy and run errands, their main focus is to provide companionship.
You can count on your carer to encourage social outings, participate in games, engage in activities, or simply enjoy a lively conversation about your favourite television program with you.
The amount of time your carer spends with you is completely up to you. Some people may prefer company for several hours a day while others may appreciate just a few hours a week. No matter your needs, we are here for you.
Why does companionship care matter?
While we appreciate that looking after physical health is important, we believe it’s equally important to look after emotional wellbeing. The presence of a companion can make a huge difference in ensuring a person remains happy and fulfilled at home.
To illustrate the positive impact companionship care can have, research reveals that older people experiencing severe loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. In the company of our dedicated carers, the detrimental effects of loneliness can be prevented.
Companionship care matters for family members too. When life gets busy and you simply don’t have the time to be a constant presence in your loved one’s life, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your loved one is not alone.
Get in touch
If you or a loved one could benefit from our companionship services, you’ve always got a friend in us. Please feel free to get in touch with one of our friendly staff.