Companionship – tackling loneliness

Companionship care is a great way to address loneliness and isolation.   Whilst loneliness can affect all ages, those aged over 75 are especially vulnerable.  Social isolation might stem from illness, getting weaker or being scared to go out.  Other common factors include retirement, family being around less often, the deaths of spouses, and perhaps also friends.

Companionship careAccording to Age UK more than a million older people in England say they go over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.  Such isolation is shockingly commonplace and can often lead to a serious decline in physical health and well-being.

Carers provide companionship to their clients at every visit, whatever the level of need and support required.  Many people don’t necessarily need any support with personal care, housework, domestic duties or physical needs.  Yet, if they are lonely, support from a carer can really improve quality of life.

Very few of us will readily admit that we are lonely or to ask for help.  It is important to look out for those we care about and consider whether they might be lonely.  Regular visits from a carer, or for that matter anyone friendly, can make the world of difference.  Having someone to talk to can contribute greatly to reducing feelings of loneliness.

Gardiner’s team help their clients in a multitude of ways.  Every visit involves companionship.  Seeing a friendly face is so important.  Some of the most fulfilling support that we provide are care packages that support clients who want to remain independent but sometimes struggle with being alone.

The direct friendly interaction between clients and carers is important, close relationships are forged.  Our team can support clients to re-engage with their local community.  Perhaps this is by regular accompanied shopping trip, visits to the coffee shop, a cinema trip, a visit to the garden centre or perhaps a walk by the river.  We also run a popular lunch club where clients accompanied by their cares meet up regularly with fellow Gardiner’s clients.

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