Are you looking for ways to combat loneliness this winter? It can be a lonely time of year for many, especially for older adults living alone. This year more than most, many people will spend a lot of time alone as new COVID-19 restrictions prevent the mixing of households for the near future.
For many older adults, having a sense of routine can make a big difference to their quality of life. By nature humans require social interaction and so during this pandemic many will have felt lonely and isolated from many in their lives. However, there are some ways that you can combat loneliness and keep connected during this time of the year.
Staying connected is one of the best ways to combat loneliness, especially with physical interactions currently on hold. Why not help the older person in your life become more familiar with technology and have weekly zoom or video calls with them? Not only will this give them the chance to talk to someone ‘face-to-face’ but it also gives them something to look forward to during the week.
Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the most effective. Simply taking the time to listen to the older people in our life can help them feel valued. If you’re in a bubble with an older person, why not ask them to teach you a skill you don’t currently know, or vice versa. Not only will you both learn from each other but hobbies are a great way to pass the time when social activities are on hold.
Missing human touch, such as a hug, is something we all suffer from nowadays. Whether it’s greeting friends or embracing family members – you and old .Whilst that may not be possible nowadays, even seeing some-one from the recommended distance or through a window might be better than just a voice on the phone or a face on a screen. A warm friendly smile can be very powerful.
If you or a member of your family are in need of care, consider booking a carer for companionship care from Private HomeCare. We carefully match carers to clients, based not only on location but also on common interests.
Private HomeCare carers are essential workers and wear full PPE masks and gloves (and aprons if needed) when entering any client home. This means it is safe for them to visit and carry out their caring duties during current COVID-19 restrictions. Our most recent course for our carers is “Infection Prevention and Control”.
If you notice someone in your own life is showcasing signs of loneliness, check in with them regularly. Even a small gesture can make a difference.
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