Homes lighten the blues
Tuesday, 28th April, 2015
By Emily Roberts
More than 1.4 million people 65 years old and over experience loneliness but Broken Hill’s aged care facilities work hard to ensure that doesn’t happen.
The 2015 Social Isolation and Loneliness Report, conducted by Galaxy Research on behalf of Whiddon, specialists in aged care services, has revealed that people in this age group who are affected by loneliness are much more likely to face barriers to staying socially active.
The main cause of social inactivity is financial constraints - ahead of general health and physical disability - with older women particularly affected.
Harold Williams Home resident Margaret Hoare has been living in the nursing home for 12 months.
She said it was hard to adjust to the change when she first moved in .
“It’s not the same - you miss everyday things,” Mrs Hoare said.
Then the home organised for her to have some special visitors.
“I have a community care visitor and a pastoral care worker visit me once a week.
“With my pastoral care worker we talk about religion, which is important in my life.
“The other woman knows a lot of people I know and she keeps me up to date.
“The thing I miss the most is being cut off.”
Mrs Hoare said she always looks forwards to these visits.
Southern Cross Care Executive Manager of Care, Sharon Williams said at all of their facilities they work hard to provide activities for their residents.
“When residents move in we try to incorporate as many activities they used to do, if it is possible,” Ms Williams said.
“We try to provide lots of outings. We have bus outings and our activities officers do a multitude of activities.”
Ms Williams said they have lots of visit as well as events within the community.
She said the residents also make new friends friendships.
“The women who do crafts and knitting form new friendships.
“We offer activities every day; it improves quality of life for our residents. The staff also join in and have lots of fun.
“For those who can’t get out, we bring it in.”
Ms Williams said she appreciates the hard work staff and volunteers do for residents.
Harold Williams Home Activities Officer Fiona Dart said they were always busy.
“We do exercises, hold church services, have resident meetings, arts and crafts and special events,” she said.
“The residents always let up know what they want.”