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Companionship service battles loneliness in the elderly

Companionship service battles loneliness in the elderly

Published at 8:41am 26th July 2019. (Updated at 11:06am 26th July 2019)

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Local care at home company Home Instead are looking to battle loneliness in elderly people through companionship services ahead of World Friendship Day 2019.

  • Home Instead Senior Care provide 'companionship services' for elderly people who cannot see friends or family very often.
  • The service ranges from giving people a hand with the weekly shop to simply giving them a friend to talk to.
  • The company want to raise awareness of loneliness ahead of World Friendship Day next week after it was revealed 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone.

Home Instead's companionship services support elderly people who want company and conversation, whether they live alone and cannot see their family and friends as often as they would like, or if they are recently bereaved and are finding it hard to adjust.

The service includes giving people a hand with their weekly shop, helping them with gardening, accompanying them to a social group and also making sure they're eating healthily.

"We do offer personal care but also companionship which is just as important. Loneliness and isolation are becoming more apparent these days and also social prescribing is a lot more relevant so a lot of our CAREGivers go into our clients homes in the middle of the day to take them out, perhaps to places they've always enjoyed."

Lisa Stirk, Community Co-ordinator at Home Instead

According to a recent study by Age UK, 3.6 million older people in the UK live alone, with 1.9 million often feeling invisible or ignored.

Elderly couple
Home Instead Senior Care support the Memory Lane Cafe in Knaresborough, who recently embarked on their third annual Skipton Boat trip

Memory Lane Cafe take Skipton boat trip

Home Instead Senior Care also support the Memory Lane Cafe, an activity group ran every fortnight for those living with Dementia and their carers.

The group embarked on their third annual outing to Skipton, where they were taken on a boat trip along the Leeds Liverpool Canal: 

"We had 44 people on board, a full boat, and it's been an absolutely wonderful day weather-wise.

"We're just one big happy social group of people living with dementia who come to the cafe every fortnight and we've done this (boat trip) every year for three years... It gets them out with their carers and they thoroughly enjoy it."

Norman Smales, Team Leader of Memory Lane Cafe

'Friends of the Cafe' that attend are mostly married couples who are treated to activities such as creative art, music and games to keep both their minds and bodies active.

Memory Lane Cafe Skipton Boat trip
The Dalesman returns to dock after the Friends of Memory Lane Cafe's annual boat trip along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.

Find out more about the services provided by Home Instead online, by visiting their Facebook page or by calling 01423 774 490.

Ben Groom from Stray Lifestyle spoke to Community Co-ordinator at Home Instead Lisa Stirk ahead of World Friendship Day:

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