Around two million people in England over the age of 75 live alone and, worryingly, more than a million peopleÂ go over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member1.
With the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the UK government has strongly advised everyone over 70 to self-isolate to protect themselves from the virus.
As a result, this could lead to elderly people feeling even more isolated and lonely.
BHSFâ€™s Your Care Support powered by Tutella.co, help employees with caring responsibilities, providing them with independent information and practical advice.
Maureen Gaudin, co-founder of Tutella.co, believes every little bit helps in supporting the elderly get through these uncertain times.
â€œThe NHS has written to everyone considered to be at risk of severe illness due to coronavirus. You may have received the letter yourself, either as someone in a â€˜high riskâ€™ group or as the named carer of someone else who is.
â€œIf a person you care for has received this letter, the instructions are very clear. They must stay at home at all times and avoid all face-to-face contact for at least 12 weeks, except from you as their carer and healthcare workers continuing to provide medical care.
â€œPart of the mental battle of isolation is remaining as active as possible. If the person youâ€™re helping has a garden, encourage them to walk around it and make sure they are not immobile for long periods of time.
â€œPut a contingency plan in place and prepare a list with key information about the person you care for including: medication, medical appointments and emergency contact telephone numbers. Tell your GP you have caring responsibilities, they can provide advice on medical conditions and treatments for the person you care for.
â€œIf you donâ€™t live with the person being cared for, prepare a grocery list for home delivery by a local supermarket or order frozen meals. It may also help to prepare an emergency pack including: hand sanitiser, hand soap, tissues, paracetamol, cough mixture and vitamins.
â€œIf you have elderly relatives and friends, speak to them everyday to check they are ok. Itâ€™s small things like getting in touch with elderly relatives on a daily basis that can make a big difference in boosting their morale.â€
If you have caring responsibilities and need advice, call today on 0800 622 552 or click here for more information on BHSF Your Care Support.