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Lonely elderly lady

Published at 3:07pm 5th December 2017.

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5 million older people in the UK cite the TV as their main source of company. Care provider for Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk, Home Instead, want to tackle this.

Over Christmas, we all have a thousand things to think about - presents to buy, meals to prepare, travel arrangements to be made. But we can be so caught up with getting together we might not spare a thought for those who get lonely, with nobody to get together with this festive season.

It's certainly a sad thought, that somebody might spend Christmas alone. But it needn't always be the case. Home Instead are encouraging people to spread Christmas kindness, visiting neighbours and being vigilant for those in the community who might not have anybody to visit over the Christmas period. 

It might be difficult, as an older person, to ask for companionship over Christmas. But there's no shame in asking, and no end to the amount of Christmas warmth out there waiting for anybody who wants it. Home Instead have group activities, companionship services, outings and trips and more. However, you could be the missing link that connects those in your community who need these services with the information about how to access them. It's easy to at least ask anyone you know, who might be touched by the concern. 

If you want to get in touch directly with the Harrogate branch of Home Instead, on behalf of somebody you know, you can call them on 01423 789634 or visit their website.

Beth Parsons spoke with Andrew and Sheena van Parys at Home Instead (caring for Harrogate, Thirsk and Ripon) about caring for the elderly lonely this Christmas. 

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