How live-in care can prevent loneliness
According to the Campaign to End Loneliness; 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month.
More than 50% of people aged 75 and over live alone. And two fifths of older people, roughly 3.9 million, say the television is their main company.
There are many reasons for loneliness among the elderly, including spouses passing away or friends and family not living nearby. They also may not be as mobile as they used to be and so can’t get out as much.
Feeling lonely is more than just an emotion; as research shows people who are lonely are more susceptible to developing high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. Loneliness also increases a person’s chances of developing dementia by more than 60%.
We recently blogged about the benefits of live-in care and one of these benefits was companionship. Having a live-in carer live with them, allows your loved-one to have constant contact with a friendly face. Therefore making them feel less alone.
Our staff become more than just carers as they get to know your loved-one. They become more like friends. They’ll always be around to chat with your loved-one on a regular basis, reminisce with them or even share a cuppa and a quick chat.
We can ensure that our carer’s interests and hobbies are similar to your loved-one’s. So there is a greater chance of a friendship growing between the two. We also ensure that our carers are committed to working with us on a long-term basis to make sure there is continuity of care.
So not only will your loved-one be receiving excellent live-in care and assistance with their day-to-day life, they will also benefit from a friendship with their carer, which will help them to feel less alone and will give you reassurance that they are well looked after and happy.