Caring communities: conquering loneliness in care homes

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Loneliness in the elderly is as much of a risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for a person’s health than obesity.

A morbid fact, yes. However, loneliness in the elderly is something that can be changed. A new initiative by Athena Health Care Group encourages a monthly ‘catch up’ where care home residents and care workers can participate in activities, day trips and even a fish and chips lunch!

Dubbed the ‘Community Activity Hub,’ the care group aim to bring care homes and communities together to provide a platform from which residents can catch-up with friends or meet new friendly faces. In doing so, the initiative helps eradicate the loneliness felt by two-fifths of those over 75 that live on their own. As equally important as giving care home residents to make new friends in the community, is developing a community link for those living with dementia.  

Lesley Malone, Athena Health Care Group’s event co-ordinator said:

"This initiative is about care homes coming together, joining up as one and sharing activities and events.

"People can come together to make friends, and when they wake up in the morning they can say, 'I've got something to look forward to today'."

Having a variety of leisure and social activities like the Community Activity Hub is vital to a care home’s success. The importance of having an operational leisure and activity programme is essential in maintaining and improving the health and mental wellbeing of care home residents. Some care home residents with conditions like dementia will struggle to interact and develop meaningful relationships with others. In providing an operational activity programme, residents are encouraged to interact with others and develop relationships that then enable them to become more independent in their daily living.

If you are a care home owner and want to see the businesses that offer the most forward-thinking activity and social programmes, register for your free ticket to the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo here.

3,000 care home owners and senior decision makers are due to attend the show on the 25th & 26th  April 2018 at NEC, Birmingham. Tickets to attend are free, making this the only must attend event for care home owners looking to develop and grow their care home businesses.

If you are interested in exhibiting and meeting thousands of care home owners and senior decision makers actively looking to purchase products and services to run throughout their national and international care homes, please contact Steve Todd, Event Director, now on:

Tel: 0117 990 2109