It is estimated that around one in 10 of us experience loneliness in some shape or form.
As humans, we are naturally sociable but sometimes, we can find it difficult to interact with others. Weekends can often be the most difficult for people living alone, as medical support is at its lowest, and with cuts to voluntary services and transport, this is an issue that likely to continue as we start to live longer lives.
16% of us live alone
The Office of National Statistics predicts that the number of people over the age of 80 will double by the year 2037, and the number people over the age of 90 will triple. In the 2011 Census, it was reported that around 7.1million people in the UK were living alone, which was 16% of the population, and this can be caused by a relationship breakup or divorce or their living arrangements.
Loneliness can affect anyone of any age, and it can be a very difficult experience. Elderly people are particularly susceptible to loneliness; according to Age UK, there are more than 2 million people across the UK over the age of 75 who live alone and this can be caused by various factors. Younger people, too, can be affected by loneliness. According to the Office of National Statistics, fewer individuals between the ages of 16 and 64 believe that they can rely on their family and friends for help if they feel isolated and alone, and this can be due to work or life expectations being vastly different to what they planned, amongst other reasons. What is just as worrying is that it is very easy for people to become isolated and alone, and this can also lead to depression and other health issues.
Coffee mornings and day trips
The NHS has a number of suggestions which can help ease the feeling of loneliness. For example, inviting friends round for meals and contacting them through phone or text can help ease that feeling that you are completely alone, though this can also be quite difficult for some people. This is where coffee mornings and other volunteer-run events come into their own; from befriending people living alone to organising day trips for the local community, volunteers play an important role in combating loneliness in spite of the cuts to the sector.
Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy always aims to make a difference to people’s lives with their friendly and supportive franchises assisting people of all ages. Not only does Driving Miss Daisy make social outings possible, the organisation also places a great emphasis on making them enjoyable and all of its franchisees that have great interpersonal skills. From its beginnings – and success – in New Zealand, Driving Miss Daisy is becoming a key player in providing companionship and support to those who need it the most.
Radfield Home Care
3. Absolute Care Services
Another organisation which aims to give people support in the comfort of their own homes is Absolute Care Services. Running for over 12 years, Absolute helps individuals in various areas including assisting with shopping and going with them to hospital appointments, and all of its franchisees are committed to providing their companionship services with a warm and friendly approach. Absolute has franchisees across the UK and this compassionate and caring approach is essential for all of them to make a difference in their customers’ lives.
Care and Companionship
We all have a caring side to us and many of us cannot bear to see people alone. A video by Channel 4 in 2015 showed just how much of an impact loneliness can have on an individual’s wellbeing. As much as one in five of people aged 60 and over feel as though they have nobody to turn to, and this figure shows just how important the services provided by the franchises mentioned above truly are.
Loneliness can affect anyone at any stage of their lives and having a supportive companion to lean on when we feel isolated can make all the difference. With the average age of the UK population set to increase over the coming decades, there has never been a stronger need for a supportive framework, so if you are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives and you have a caring heart, then check out the other care franchises available on Reed Commercial