Let's help give the elderly a happy Christmas!
At Christmas it's natural to be swept up in the excitement of exchanging presents and visiting loved ones. But for elderly people living on their own, isolation can be a real problem, particularly at this time of year when family celebrations are highlighted.
Half of all people aged over 75 now live alone and, sadly, 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week; 11% are in touch less than once a month.1 And evidence is mounting that this social isolation is harmful to health, with one study finding that it's as much a risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!
Plummeting winter temperatures exacerbate matters for both elderly and disabled people. Icy conditions make pavements and roads hazardous, and as a result vulnerable people are far more likely to stay at home.
Here at Tendacare, many of our homecare clients do have support from family members and neighbours. But others are not so fortunate, and our visits can often be the only social contact they receive during the day.
So what can we do to help?
Even a small act can make a difference, says Age UK. The charity suggests knocking on an elderly neighbour's door and asking them if they need anything. You could also invite them round for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, offer to drive them to a medical appointment, or perhaps pick up some shopping for them.
Throughout December, a campaign called 1 Million Minutes is running to encourage all of us to give as little as 15 minutes of our time to help someone who is lonely. Organised by ITV's Good Morning Britain, along with charities such as Age UK and Carers UK, you can volunteer your time here
We're here for you
We make it a priority to ensure every Tendacare client is safe, comfortable and warm, especially when the temperature drops. Our highly-skilled staff are trained to follow expert advice in extreme weather conditions, offering compassion and reassurance for people who need care in their own homes.
Now, as 2017 draws to a close, we would like to offer all our clients and their families the warmest wishes of the season, and a very happy new year!
If you'd like to know more about our Surrey-based homecare service, and how we can provide additional help for you or a loved one, please get in touch on 01372 272240 or via our contact form