Top tips from SuperCarers’ Founder, Adam Pike
One is the loneliest number
One is the loneliest number and at a time traditionally for catching up with loved ones, no one should be alone over the festive period. But living alone shouldn’t mean feeling lonely. Get planning now to see relatives and friends. From drinks on Christmas Eve to a New Year’s Day walk, there are plenty of opportunities to get social over the holidays
Spreading the Christmas cheer
Over 12 million of us head away over the festive period, so stock the car with snacks, plan your route and brave the roads! It’s a great time of year to make the most of the bank holidays and visit elderly relatives and friends who may struggle to travel
Community and carols
Call on your neighbours and get your signing voices primed – Christmas is a time for communities. Go online to find out about local events, from winter fairs in the Town Hall to the village Church carol services, there is loads going on over the festive period. These events are often free to attend and can be great crowd pleasers when you’re entertaining guests. Why not call in on a neighbour, spread the Christmas cheer, and see if they want to come along too?
Adam Pike, Co-founder of SuperCarers, comments:
“Christmas is a time when many of us look forward to seeing friends and relatives. But, with 600,000 over 85s living alone, it’s also a time that many people are left feeling alone, or are concerned about family members feeling isolated.
“There is an ever growing number in the so-called ‘sandwich generation’ balancing seeing children and grandchildren with looking after elderly parents. More than ever before, this squeezed generation are demanding compassionate and flexible care options they can call on to ensure loved ones can stay in their own homes, without them sacrificing their own freedom or worrying about the quality of care. We all want to know our elderly relatives will have companionship, a home-cooked meal and the support they need to stay happy and independent even if their family can’t be there.
“By 2025, the Institute for Public Policy Research anticipates a shortfall of 700,000 carers, and it’s time the care industry responded. With many of the UK’s skilled carers paid less than unskilled cleaners, there needs to be a move to improve the attractiveness of the sector for the future workforce. Increasing professionalisation and choice in the sector will make sure carers feel respected and valued and those seeking care are safe, supported and have true peace of mind.”