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 sadly 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, dementia, and re-admission to hospital.
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 boredom and isolation
- 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 can quickly set in. Providing enjoyable activities on hand, accessible equipment and easy 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.
- 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 which can be easily neglected by older people living alone.
- Promote a sense of purpose– Older people with a sense of purpose in their everyday activities are less likely to experience depression and succumb to the negative effects of social isolation. Helping people remain active in pursuing their hobbies and interests, and maintaining a regular daily routine can help them maintain their sense of purpose and keep them from becoming isolated and lonely.
Life here at Steeton Court
Here at Steeton Court Nursing Home we devise a whole range of innovative and stimulating activities specially designed to help our residents live a fulfilling and rewarding life.
We have two full-time Activities Co-ordinators and all activities are tailored to suit individual capabilities and tastes. So, from exercise classes to live music performances, taking part in various arts, crafts and games to walks in our lovely grounds, there’s sure to be something going on to stimulate and engage.
Contact Steeton Court Nursing Home
To find out more about our residential and respite care, including for those living with dementia, simply contact Steeton Court Nursing Home and speak to one of the team who can answer any questions you might have.