As we get older, the feeling of loneliness can grow. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, relocation to unfamiliar settings or aging, overcoming loneliness can be a real challenge. The Mental Health Foundation’s theme for 2022 is loneliness, and we share the vision of having good mental health for all, enabling people to understand, protect and sustain a good mental health level.
We understand that there is a difference between being alone, and being lonely which is why our Social Life Co-Ordinators curate a dedicated, fun packed activity schedule for our residents each month.
Find a green or blue space.
We know how important our green spaces are in each of our Nursing Homes, and we try to encourage our residents get outside as much as possible so they can reap the mental benefits. Our Gardening Team work hard to ensure our garden and outdoor spaces are looking their best all year around.
Our Nursing Homes operate weekly Zoom and FaceTime calls for residents and their loved ones, in the instance that they cannot connect in person. It’s really important to stay connected with loved ones with age, and our caring team facilitate this. If you, or an older loved one, want assistance with getting online, please visit Age UK guidance.
From pilates to hoopla, there is always something organised during the week to get our residents moving and grooving. Regular exercise has been linked to positive changes in physical and mental health, reducing stress, anxiety and depression.
Our residents love attending the coffee mornings organised in each of the Nursing Homes, as they catch up on the latest news and socialise with friends. These activities really help our residents build their relationships with their neighbours – not to mention sampling the delicious bakes from our catering team.
Take up a hobby.
There are several hobby groups hosted each week, from gardening clubs to pottery masterclasses. Finding a hobby can be a great way for our residents to learn new skills and connect with others in the Home.
There is a flurry of excitement from residents whenever new animals pop in to say ‘hello’ – we’ve had alpacas, puppies and even bearded dragons! Pet companionship is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress. They can be a wonderful source of comfort, companionship and motivation. Some of our Nursing Homes are even home to their very own pets such as Gin and Tonic, the two guinea pigs from Morris Care Centre.
Want even more ideas? Download the Mental Health Foundation’s handy guide here.