When you think of the term ‘care’ or ‘carer’, what comes to mind? There is so much that goes into being a carer, from administering medication to helping with personal care and hygiene. Each and every person will have different requirements, however there is one aspect of care that is always needed; companionship.
Loneliness can affect anyone of any age at any time of their lives. It is estimated that around 28% of British adults experience loneliness at least some of the time and some even feel trapped within their own home. There are a number of different circumstances which can lead or enhance loneliness, with health and losing family or friends being just two of them, and can lead to depression and other health issues.
Research has also shown that people living alone are more likely to be admitted to hospitals and day care centres, but with cuts being made on a regular basis, these services are constantly under pressure. This is where companionship plays a key role; over 80% of us would prefer to have face-to-face interactions with other people, despite most of us owning a mobile phone.
Carers, by nature, want to help and support their clients and providing companionship is one of the simplest ways that they can do this effectively. Often, it is the small acts that make the biggest difference; simply going for a walk or a cup of coffee can mean the world to a carer’s customer, and can help them to build their confidence. Even a shopping trip can have significant benefits.
It might be surprising to learn that students and young people can also feel the impact of loneliness. With the start of the university year approaching, thousands of students will be leaving their home towns and cities on what is perceived to be an exciting adventure where new friendships will be formed and new experiences being created. The reality, however, is that they might find it hard to settle into their accommodation, or lack the confidence to socialise.
Fortunately, this is where carers – companions – can help. Here at Helping Hands, we have cared for individuals across a range of ages, from university students to centurions and all of our carers are eager to get to know their customers on a personal level. They are also more than willing to arrange social events and will get involved in what matters most to their customers.
A little companionship can go a long way. Even spending just half an hour with someone can reduce the sense of feeling trapped and isolated. To find out how our carers can help you or your loved one, have a read of our ebooks or speak to our customer service team.