The Importance of Companionship for Psychological Well-being
Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation – and it can have a serious effect on health. Hundreds of thousands of elderly people are lonely and cut off from society in the UK, especially those over the age of 75.
According to Age UK, more than 2 million people in England over the age of 75 live alone, and more than a million older people say they go over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.
People can become socially isolated for a variety of reasons, such as getting older or weaker, no longer being the hub of their family, leaving the workplace, the deaths of spouses and friends, or through disability or illness.
Whatever the cause, it’s shockingly easy to be left feeling alone and vulnerable, which can lead to depression and a serious decline in physical health and wellbeing.
Social contact with other people is a crucial aspect of our psychological well-being. In addition to providing home care services, ICare helps to enhance the independence, dignity, and privacy of individuals as they age and require additional assistance. We can assist you whether you are looking for companionship or assistance for yourself or a loved one.