Isolation among older generations is alarmingly common. Even before Coronavirus struck as many as 40% of older people still living in their own homes reported feelings of loneliness and boredom, and Lockdown restrictions have only made things worse.
Sadly the effects of isolation are felt not only on an emotional level, but they also have a physical impact. Numerous health problems are exacerbated by isolation and loneliness, including an increased risk of falls, worsening of long term health conditions, and dementia.
Residential care homes can play an important part in banishing loneliness and isolation
By removing many of the barriers experienced by people struggling to cope on their own at home, residential care homes are in a unique position to help motivate and engage older people by helping their residents make new friends, reconnect with hobbies they enjoyed previously, and experience something new.
Providing a stimulating atmosphere with people to talk to, activities and events to enjoy, and an accessible environment and facilities, with physical support on hand as needed, care homes are well placed to help their residents make the most of the opportunities available.
How care homes can help older people avoid isolation
- Promote a sense of purpose
Older people with a sense of purpose in their day to day routines are less likely to experience depression and succumb to the negative effects of social isolation. By providing encouragement and support as needed, care homes are in a great position to helping people remain active and independent.
- Encourage dining with others
Eating with others is inherently social. Encouraging older people to share a meal with others gives lots of opportunities for chat and social engagement, but also has the added benefit of promoting better nutrition and hydration which can be easily neglected by older people living with dementia.
- Provide sociable and stimulating activities
If people are not able to get out and about in the community as they used to, loss of confidence and even depression can quickly set in. By providing enjoyable activities on hand, easily accessible equipment and opportunities to socialise, care homes can help restore people’s motivation and make a huge difference in helping maintain social connections and a healthy sense of independence.
Life here at Ambleside Residential Care Home
Here at Ambleside we devise a whole range of innovative and stimulating activities designed specially to help those with dementia live a fulfilling and rewarding life. We are a dementia specialist care home and our staff are both knowledgeable and experienced in delivering expert care to those living with dementia.
So whether it’s interacting with animals, enjoying musical activities, playing games, taking part in our arts and crafts programme, or enjoying our visiting entertainers there is always something going on to stimulate and engage.