When receiving at home, personal care services, a trained homecare professional will visit as little or as often as you require. Having this one-to-one care will be beneficial for loneliness in two ways. Having someone visit the home can help your loved one look forward to their visits. Additionally, if your loved one struggles to get out and socialise with friends, the care professional can assist them on visits to the shops, picking up medication, or visiting with friends, adding a new lease of life to their social life. This can particularly be useful for adult children who live far away from their parents and struggle to see them regularly.
Other ways to ensure your loved one stays social over Christmas can be attending Christmas fares/markets with them. Getting out of the house is beneficial for everyone, but older people may struggle to get out alone. Offering them some company can be enjoyable for you both and provide some much needed time away from the home.
You could also enrol your loved one in some classes over the festive period: wreath making, painting, baking, etc.
Aside from getting out with your loved ones, you can regularly Skype or Facetime them to check-in without leaving the house.
Whatever your concerns are with your loved ones, no one deserves to feel lonely over the Christmas period. Personal home care is a fantastic option for those who cannot see their relatives as often as it offers frequent visits, social interaction and support in a variety of aspects of daily life beneficial to older adults. Please contact us to discuss your individual circumstances and requirements for home care.