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Harrogate care company tackling loneliness

Harrogate care company tackling loneliness

Published by Harry Long at 1:07pm 11th November 2019.

A Harrogate care company says more needs to be done to tackle loneliness among elderly residents over the winter months.  

  • Home Instead Senior Care provides care for elderly people in their own home. 
  • They've conducted a survey which shows more than a quarter of over 65s in the district spend 8 hours alone each day.
  • They're urging the public to take action to help older people in the community feel less lonely.

Home Instead Senior Care provide care for older people in their own home.  

They've done a survey of 2,000 over-65s in the town, which shows more than a quarter of them spend 8 hours alone each day.  Almost half (49%) of over-85s face at least ten hours a day alone. 

9 in 10 respondents said that regular companionship would help them to stay mentally and physically healthy for longer.

Now the home care company is urging the public to take action to help older people in the community feel less lonely.

Sheena VanParys, from Home Instead Senior Care, said:

"The beauty of what we do is that we do longer visits [to people's homes], we're there for an hour or longer.  We can take people out and we also work closely with the community, so we like to know what's going on in the area."   

Sheena says people can take a few simple steps to help elderly friends and family:

"If you're a neighbour, perhaps you could look in on an elderly person who lives next door.  Go and visit your grandmother, have that cup of tea - just regular contact, keeping in touch with people is so important."

Andrew Van Parys, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, said:

“If you are looking to turn your compassion into a rewarding career, consider becoming a caregiver.  It comes as no surprise to us to find that most people want to live at home for as long as possible. For most of us, our home is our sanctuary throughout our lives. When we get older, we’ve raised our families and earned our rest, we should get to enjoy the comfort of our own space.  This is why our care works so well because our caregivers can provide companionship and support as well as encouraging older people to engage and be part of the community.”

The survey also revealed that that 84% of older people in the local area want to live at home so as to not lose their independence -  and 66% also feel safe in the comfort of their own home.