Isolation among older generations is alarmingly common. Even before Coronavirus struck as many as 40% of older people still living in their own homes reported feelings of loneliness and boredom, and recent lockdown restrictions have only made things worse.
Sadly the effects of isolation on older people are felt not only on an emotional level, but they also have a physical impact.
Numerous health problems are exacerbated by isolation and loneliness, including an increased risk of falls, worsening of long term health conditions, dementia, and re-admission to hospital.
Residential care homes can play an important part in banishing loneliness and isolation
By removing many of the barriers experienced by people struggling to cope on their own at home, the move to a residential care home can help motivate and engage older people by helping them make new friends, reconnect with hobbies they enjoyed previously, and even learn something new.
Providing a stimulating atmosphere with people to talk to, activities and events to enjoy, and an accessible environment and facilities, with physical support on hand as needed, care homes are well placed to help their residents make the most of the new opportunities available.
How care homes can help older people avoid isolation
- Promote a sense of purpose
Older people with a sense of purpose in their everyday activities are less likely to experience depression and succumb to the negative effects of social isolation. Helping people remain active in pursuing their hobbies and interests, and maintaining a regular daily routine can help them maintain their sense of purpose and keep them from becoming isolated and lonely.
- Encourage dining with others
Eating with others is inherently social. Encouraging older people to share a meal with others gives lots of opportunities for chat and social engagement, but also has the added benefit of promoting better nutrition which can be easily neglected by older people living alone.
- Provide sociable and stimulating activities
Providing enjoyable purposeful activities, accessible equipment and the opportunity to socialise easily, care homes can help restore people’s motivation and make a huge difference in helping maintain social connections and a zest for life.
Contact us at The Gables Residential Home, Oakwood, Derby
Here at The Gables we devise a whole range of innovative and stimulating activities specially designed to help our residents live a fulfilling and rewarding life.
Please get in touch on 01332 280106 or email@example.com and arrange to speak to the Manager who will be happy to answer your questions and find out how we can help you.