A leading homecare provider is supporting the vital work of a charity for older people in light of the “epidemic” of loneliness, which is affecting older people.
Radis Community Care, which has branches across England and Wales, has selected The Silver Line as its chosen charity this year, due to the ongoing support the charity gives to older people through its helpline service.
In a study published this week, one in 10 older people describe themselves as being lonely often or all of the time – with The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, recently stating the UK has an “epidemic of loneliness.”
The study, published by HelpAge International network of charities, reported that Britain was ranked 10th out of 96 countries in an annual ranking of the best and worst places for older people to live but came only 27th on the measure of health and well-being, partly as a result of its loneliness levels.
Mike Padgham, Communications and Business Development Director for Radis Community Care said: “We offer support to people in their homes and we know from experience that some people do get lonely. That’s why we are supporting The Silver Line charity as it provides a free helpline for older people who would like someone to talk to.”
Samir Patel, one of the founding directors of Radis Community Care, recently competed in a triathlon to raise funds for the charity and will also compete in a duathlon next month.
The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In the first year of operation, The Silver Line Helpline received 275,000 calls; 53% of callers saying they had literally nobody else to speak to. They now receive almost 1,000 calls every day from lonely and isolated older people.
Radis Community Care provides care in the home to hundreds of families across the UK and employs around 1500 Support Workers.