When we are showing potential residents or their families around our homes, one of the most popular topics of conversation is loneliness. From loneliness in their own home, to fear of loneliness in our homes. We want to help to put that fear to rest and help both future residents and their families feel safe in the knowledge that no one will be lonely in our care.
Loneliness At Home
Over the years, many people will start staying at home more and more, meaning they get to see fewer people each year. Whether this is out of choice, or due to mobility issues. With visits few and far between, it can leave many elderly people feeling more and more alone. So we can understand why they have the fear that it will be no different when they move into a care facility. After all, there is a lot of stigmas that once you are in a residential facility, your family will visit less and less. We want to abolish this and make sure that residents know that they are welcome to have guests visit as much as they wish! And they can even get out on day trips with their loved ones.
Loneliness In Care Facilities
We often find that it is the families that are more concerned that their loved ones will become lonely once they are in a care facility. We want you to rest assured that in Lovett Care facilities we endeavour to have our residents join in with a wide range of group activities that will have them making friends in no time.
We operate a wide range of activities throughout the week to help engage residents with different interests and mobility levels. This means that your loved ones will be interacting with people of similar interests.
Surrounded By Friends
In a care facility, residents have the option of staying in their room and enjoying their own company or getting out and about in the communal areas and enjoying the company of the many others around them. With a variety of other people around, at no point should your loved one feel alone. Over time other residents will become their friends. If nothing else, they have living in the home as a commonality.
We find that some residents, usually newer residents, choose to spend a fair amount of time on their own, rather than interacting with others around them. This is often because they are adjusting to life somewhere that is not their home. While we allow this to an extent, we do actively encourage them to come out and about and interact. Over time, new residents begin to trust our team and start to interact with other residents and join in with activities.
We often find that it is those residents who were once reluctant, that make a bee-line straight for new residents to interact with them when they arrive. Usually to ensure that they don't feel lonely in those first few weeks.
The teams we have at Charlotte House
, Twyford House
, Hilton House
and Regency Care Centre
are all very well versed in battling loneliness in our residents, both new and existing. They aim to include as many people as possible in activities and actively check up on those who have chosen not to participate.
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact specific homes individually or contact the central Lovett Care team
who will be happy to put your mind at ease. Head over to our Knowledge Hub
where we have answered many frequently asked questions and addressed a range of concerns.