Elderly people in Harrogate, Ripon, Wetherby and North Leeds are receiving extra gifts this Christmas as the team from Carefound Home Care deliver dozens of mince pies and Christmas cards, together with plenty of festive cheer.
Research by Age UK shows that over 2 million people in the UK are worried about not being able to get out and about as much during the winter months because of shorter, darker days and poor weather conditions. Furthermore, despite the festive season being a time for celebration, there are nearly 400,000 elderly people worried about being alone this Christmas.
Oliver Stirk, Director at Carefound Home Care, commented: “Christmas presents a great opportunity for our team to enjoy extra quality time with their clients and it is always a lovely surprise for them to receive gifts at this time of year. Issues such as loneliness and isolation can be amplified during the festive season, especially where peoples’ social networks may have shrunk due to events such as retirement or bereavement – efforts such as this can be hugely important in preventing them.”
Oliver added: “As a team, we have enjoyed another great year during 2014 having further developed our hourly home care and 24-hour live-in care services in North Yorkshire. This included winning local and national recognition at the Great British Care Awards. Our specialist home care and dementia care services continue to not only improve wellbeing and health outcomes for many local families but also help avoid costly events such as hospital admissions or transfers to residential care.”