With many older people shielding over recent weeks, this has been a difficult time for everyone. That means it’s more important than ever to look after your wellbeing and mental health and to find ways to avoid feeling isolated.
Many of the charities supporting elderly people have adapted to the COVID-19 outbreak and are finding ways to communicate with and support elderly people remotely. We have rounded up some of the remote services we have found – along with links to each organisation’s website to find out more.
If you are shielding at home or self isolating and aged over 70, you could be eligible for help with collecting shopping, medication or a telephone ‘check in and chat’ service. You can find out more about these services on the website here.
Age UK offers a number of different services, designed to look after older people and ensure they are enjoying life. Some services have had to be put on hold due to COVID-19 but the charity also offers a number of remote services.
Arts 4 Dementia’s aim is to use ‘interactive arts opportunities to empower people affected by dementia in the community.’
The organisation is currently offering its community arts workshops remotely, as well as giving people access to its theatre programme and short films. You can find a schedule for this on their website here.
The Alzheimer’s Society has had to temporarily suspend its face-to-face and group services, but it is offering two remote services to help people living with dementia. The first of these are welfare calls from a trained staff member or volunteer. The purpose of these calls is to check on the person affected by dementia and their safety and wellbeing – as well as offering advice and signposting to other support that is available.
The charity is also offering its popular ‘Singing for the Brain’ group online and via phone. These virtual group sessions bring people together to sing a songs that they know and love. You can find out more about this here.
The Silver Line is a free, confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people – 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The charity also offers ‘telephone friendship’, matching volunteers with older people based on their shared interests; facilitated group calls; and connects people with services that are local to them.
At Good Oaks, we are also offering a free telephone catch-up service to our clients, as well as a shopping collection service. You can read more about how we have adapted our service for COVID-19 here.