According to recent statistics from AgeUK, there are an alarming 1.4 million older people in the UK who suffer from feelings of loneliness. Most people experience some form of loneliness at one point in their life, this is often for the short term. However this feeling can become persistent for many across the country, negatively impacting a person’s quality of life – especially the elderly.
At The Beeches, we are aware that loneliness is prevalent amongst elderely people. This can come about for many reasons, such as losing a loved one or due to ill health. The proportion of people over the age of 5 that have remained lonely has been consistent over the past decade, suggesting that by 2026, this could reach up to 2 million people across the UK.
For Loneliness Awareness Week, we have put together a list of things we at The Beeches put in place to ensure we diminish any kind of loneliness and provide a supportive environment for our residents.
Keep spirits high
Our main aim at The Beeches is to ensure that our residents have the best quality of life. We like to ensure that staff always have a smile on their faces and that they are there for residents whenever they need it. We hold daily activities at the home such as yoga and baking sessions, and even have two resident goats which never fail to cheer up our residents! These activities keep the residents’ morale high and everyone has a great time.
Family & friends
We know that keeping in touch with family and friends is very important to our residents. Keeping people close reduces the risk of loneliness. Family members often pop in to the home for tea and cake. DIstance doesn’t stop us here! We like to keep residents in contact with relatives far away thanks to technology. FaceTime to the rescue!
Get out into the community
At the Beeches, we like to get involved in the community. Feeling a part of the wider community is important to us. We like to get the residents involved in as many activities in the local community as possible to feel part of a wider family. Getting outside can also make all the difference! Going for a little stroll with residents can help the mind dramatically.
At The Beeches care home in Ixworth, our residents’ well being is of the utmost importance, and more than that, we want every one of them to live a happy, fulfilling and sociable life.
Are you concerned about an elderely parent or relative that may be suffering with loneliness? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, we are here to support you and offer you as much information as possible as to how we can support you and your relatives in our beautiful Ixworth care home.