Helping with Loneliness at Christmas

As we age, our lives begin to change rapidly. Our needs change, our hobbies change, our responsibilities change. Many adult children find themselves concerned for their parents’ wellbeing, especially in the colder months. The NHS reports that “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.”

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People can become more isolated for a variety of reasons:

  • Deaths of friends and loved ones
  • It can become harder to get out of the house alone
  • Illnesses may make getting out harder
  • Disabilities can make it harder to get out
  • Friends may live further

Whatever the reason, loneliness in loved ones can become a huge concern. It can lead to lower self-esteem and mood, and even lead to mental health conditions such as depression. For this reason, it can be incredibly important to consider your older relatives during the Christmas period.

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If you are particularly concerned about your loved one’s wellbeing you can consider at home personal care services. Personal home care is a service for older adults who want to remain at home independently but would still benefit from some additional care and support. Personal home care services are designed to assist and support people with daily tasks, medication management and general wellbeing tasks while they remain at home. If you’d like to know more about private home care services, check out our other blogs on the subject here.

Someone who is experiencing loneliness may be less likely to reach out and ask for some support, which is why it is so important to check in on them when you can. If your loved one is experiencing loneliness, suggesting some respite care can be a great way for your loved one to receive some additional care over the holiday period, and gradually ease back into socialising.

When receiving at home, personal care services, a trained homecare professional will visit as little or as often as you require. Having this one-to-one care will be beneficial for loneliness in two ways. Having someone visit the home can help your loved one look forward to their visits. Additionally, if your loved one struggles to get out and socialise with friends, the care professional can assist them on visits to the shops, picking up medication, or visiting with friends, adding a new lease of life to their social life. This can particularly be useful for adult children who live far away from their parents and struggle to see them regularly.

Other ways to ensure your loved one stays social over Christmas can be attending Christmas fares/markets with them. Getting out of the house is beneficial for everyone, but older people may struggle to get out alone. Offering them some company can be enjoyable for you both and provide some much needed time away from the home.

You could also enrol your loved one in some classes over the festive period: wreath making, painting, baking, etc.

Aside from getting out with your loved ones, you can regularly Skype or Facetime them to check-in without leaving the house.

Whatever your concerns are with your loved ones, no one deserves to feel lonely over the Christmas period. Personal home care is a fantastic option for those who cannot see their relatives as often as it offers frequent visits, social interaction and support in a variety of aspects of daily life beneficial to older adults. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances and requirements for home care.

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