At Silver Chain, we believe in the power of home when it comes to leading a happy life – but we understand that it isn’t always easy to stay at home without the right support.
Particularly if you’re worried about your mobility or are recovering from an illness, you might not feel confident enough to get out and about. Often, this can lead to people feeling lonely or isolated.
Make connections to be more confident
Being active is important for our health and wellbeing. Think about things you love doing or that give you a sense of accomplishment. For you this might be getting into a new hobby, like learning another language, listening to audiobooks, taking up yoga, discovering new computing skills, painting or crafts.
Have a look around your local community centres and library, or in the local paper, to see if there are programs or groups that appeal to you. They love to have new people join and you’ll find people with the same interests as you.
If you’re finding it difficult to get out into the community, there are services offered by Silver Chain that have volunteers who can drive you or help you get to where you want to go.
Recently, we met Julie and Monique. Monique is a talented artist who loves to paint, but she wasn’t able to get to her weekly art class any more.
After realising how much she missed her classes, she was introduced to Community Connections volunteer
Julie, who takes Monique to her art class each Monday. Monique says she feel reinvigorated being back at the easel – and they both say how much they look forward to their time together.
Community Connections is all about helping our clients reconnect with their local community groups and providing engaging opportunities for our volunteers. It’s one part of our comprehensive range of specialist health and home care services that can make it easier for you to keep living at home for as long as you choose.
If you’re keen to start or rediscover an interest, but need some support, call us today on (08) 9242 0242.
Do you know someone living alone this Christmas?
Here are some ways you can help:
A simple invitation
Invite them to join you and your friends or family on a Christmas outing, like the local Carols by Candlelight or even a Christmas meal.
Spark up a conversation
Friendly banter in the supermarket line or a warm chat over the fence can go a long way. What small ways can you bring up conversation?
Help out with a local organisation bringing festive cheer to those in need of companionship of emotional support.
Help them find support
We provide social support for older Australians to stay active and connected to their community.
The gift of your time
Drop in for a cup of tea or offer to help write and deliver their Christmas cards, decorate their tree or bake something together.