Norfolk care homes launch community initiatives in an effort to tackle loneliness
Two care homes in Norfolk have launched new services to encourage older members of the community to join their staff and residents for activities, entertainment and meals. Olive House in Newton Flotman and Bilney Hall near Dereham offer day care services and ‘friendship lunches’ and are encouraging anyone to attend.
The homes, which are part of the Healthcare Homes Group, provide residential services, including specialist dementia care and are looking to widen the reach of their care expertise to help more people. The day care services give individuals access to the communal areas at the homes throughout the day, with food and drink also provided, and friendship lunches offer a free opportunity to come and enjoy lunch at the homes, socialising with residents and taking part in the day’s activities.
Lisa Brown, regional manager (Norfolk) for Healthcare Homes, said full assessments could be provided before attending the home and individuals who required medication could be supported in receiving this throughout the day.
“Loneliness is often seen as a taboo subject and something that those who are feeling lonely are ashamed to talk about,” said Ms Brown.
“It’s really important that we encourage people to talk about this, but also, to find ways to offer opportunities for social interaction and friendship within our communities. Our homes are hives of activity, and we hope that our new initiatives will be of real interest to people in the local area who would like to come and make some new friends, enjoy our activities and find out more about what we do.”