December 14, 2018

Small gestures, Big impact! Combating isolation in Paignton this Christmas

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Written by Tori Gray and first published in Beach Hut magazine

As well as Christmas, New Year and new beginnings, winter also brings cold weather and isolation for the more vulnerable in our community. Please spare a thought for those who perhaps do not have the family or support through these colder months.

There are things we can do.

Check on your neighbours. Ask them if they need anything from the shops. Maybe stop in for a cup of tea and a chat. You could also signpost them to local organisations for example Age UK.

The smallest gesture can have the biggest impact and reminds those on their own that someone is thinking of them.

The NHS website says: “Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation – and it can have a serious effect on health. But there are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out.

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 for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.”

At Kingsmount Residential Home and Mount Olivet Nursing Home, we have a full and varied activities programme run by our dedicated activities coordinators. Activities range from arts and crafts, reminiscence, singing, dancing, sports therapy to an annual panto and our regular animal visitors!

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This winter, we would like to open up our events in December to our elderly neighbours who may not otherwise be able to enjoy social gatherings during the festive season.

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If you or someone you know would like to join our residents at one of our organised entertainments, please email events@ grayareas.co.uk and we will send you details. You may also call Kingsmount on 01803 663460 and ask for Brennan, Lorraine or Tori who will be able to help.