Why carers are essential to tackling loneliness
The truth is we all feel lonely at some point in our lives. But the reality is very different for those unable to leave their homes due to health conditions or even old age. According to Age UK, more than one million older people often or always feel lonely.
For many, a weekly visit from a carer is the only social interaction they receive and whilst they are only around for a short time, the difference their company can make is phenomenal. Keep reading to discover how.
A listening ear
There are many factors that contribute to loneliness – be it the loss of a partner or distant family and friends. Often, what people miss most is the ability to have a chat and share experiences. Carers provide a moment of normality- they can discuss the weather, what’s happening on the news and even take the time to listen, whilst those they care for wish to reminisce about the past.
Help to get connected
The ability to connect with family and friends online is a valuable lifeline for many. But not everyone has the means to do so. Carers can bridge the gap by supporting with any concerns those they care for may face, including connection issues, help with using technological devices and even arranging visits to classes or clubs.
Help with the everyday
It can become overwhelming seeing a big pile of laundry or washing up- especially if you’re unable to tackle it by yourself. A messy house can often lead to poor mental health, so carers often take on these challenging tasks so those they care for have the freedom to concentrate on things that are important to them.
Sharing passions and hobbies
Carers often support those they care for through arranging activities that are likely to stimulate joy and fun. This could be a day out shopping, going to the library or even getting crafty at home – so it’s important to get creative.
There’s no denying carers play an integral role in the lives of many vulnerable people. There’s also a great deal of trust put upon carers to carry out their duties to the best of their ability. If you feel passionate about supporting those in need of assistance, then our health and social care courses could provide the ideal route to begin your career in care.
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