Combating Loneliness with Live-In Care
Posted on 28th March 2022 at 13:57
Here at The Essex Care Group, we know how important it is to prevent feelings of loneliness amongst the elderly. In this blog post, we’ll be discussing how live-in care can help combat loneliness during old age.
Loneliness and Old Age
Old age can be a very lonely time. This can happen for many reasons. For instance, we may suffer from an illness or disability which impairs our mobility, forcing us to stay at home. Similarly, we might find ourselves living alone after the death of a spouse. In addition to this, limited finances, no transport links and a lack of family living close by can leave us in a rather isolated position.
By now, most of us are aware of the loneliness epidemic in the UK–an epidemic that disproportionately affects elderly people. According to Age UK,
more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
These are alarming figures, especially when we consider recent scientific findings that reveal how truly dangerous long-term feelings of loneliness can be. Being alone for long periods of time leads to a decline in an individual’s physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, health professionals now rank the adverse effects of loneliness as comparable to the dangers of smoking.
Loneliness is not something we wish any individual to experience–especially in old age. Luckily, there are ways to combat or even cure loneliness among the elderly, one of which is live-in care.
Live-In Care: a cure for loneliness?
Some might think traditional care homes would provide a less lonely experience compared to live-in care options. This, however, is not the case. Despite being in the company of other elderly individuals, many of the regimented aspects of daily life in a care home can actually make residents feel sidelined, as if they were a cog in a machine. Live-in care, on the other hand, can be a very rewarding experience.
Perhaps the most valued aspect of live-in care among our clients is companionship. Sounds like a good cure for loneliness, right? Having another person around the house means having a helping hand, assisting in daily tasks and relieving physical pain. Having a live-in carer also means chit chat, telling stories and recollecting things. These things are proven to increase mental alertness and may decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
There are many ways individuals can benefit from live-in care. Oftentimes, the only thing holding people back is finding the right carer. The Essex Care Group can help you with that. We support the people we work with so they can live their lives their own way, whatever their impairment or disability.
To find out more, visit our website on www.essexcaregroup.co.uk, email us at email@example.com or give us a call on 01206 489 542.
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