If you have a loved one who lives alone, chances are that at some point or another they have felt lonely. However Loneliness is something, which can be beaten if you just give it a little attention.
So here are 6 ways you can help beat Loneliness with your loved one.
- Maintain Frequent Contact – Even if it is just a phone call a week, make sure you are contacting your loved one on a regular basis, as they will really appreciate this interaction.
- Hire someone to check in if you cant! – Physical interaction is clearly more beneficial than a phone call, but we understand this may not always be easy for you. So look into hiring a service that can check in on your loved one regularly and give them some physical interaction.
- Ask them about their habits –Elderly people tend to develop a slight addiction when they feel lonely due to having so much free time, so why not pay an interest in this. Whether its trivia from their favourite show or game results from the lottery, they will love telling you all about it.
- Teach them about basic technology – If you feel as though your loved one would benefit a lot through the use of facetime or even Netflix, talk to them about buying a piece to technology to help their loneliness. This will give them more to do during the day and have an easier way of contacting others.
- Organise events to look forward to – Try to organsie an event regularly (e.g. every other week) that they can look forward to. Whether this is food shopping or taking a trip to London, having something planned will help when they feel lonely.
- Try to socialise – Now this isn’t always the easiest but urging your loved one to socialise is really important. Have a look to see if there are any community clubs which your loved one can attend but if not, even going to the hairdressers will help them socialise with new people.
I hope these tips help you and by implementing them your loved one feels less lonely!