Social isolation, or loneliness, can affect people of all age groups but as we get older we become more vulnerable because of the social, economic and health changes that often happen later in life – changes that may result in a decline in the quality and quantity of relationships.
A common impact of social isolation is the reduced ability to remain independent. Such a loss of independence often results in a person feeling ‘trapped’ at home, lacking confidence to do the things they’ve always done.
At Silver Chain, we strive to help our clients overcome barriers to re-gaining their independence and create opportunities for them to socialise and participate in hobbies or activities they enjoy. This not only makes the world of difference to their health and wellbeing, but also ensures they are actively involved in their community.
We do this through working together to:
Identify the barriers that may be stopping the person from doing what they’ve always done
Develop a plan to address those barriers
Implement a plan to help achieve the outcome.
If you feel that you (or someone you know), may be at risk of, or living with, loneliness or isolation, there is help available. Our services are designed to combat feelings of loneliness by helping you re-establish social connections and get involved with meaningful and fulfilling activities.
You may benefit from joining one of our Social Centres, where you can socialise with others in a friendly, home-like environment. We can help you get involved with your hobbies and passions again, or arrange for you to learn new skills, such as using the Internet and sending emails.
We can also assist with day-to-day activities like shopping, banking, bill paying, medical appointments and library visits as well as help you get around town so you can carry on doing the things you enjoy. Whatever your situation or needs, we can support you to live your best life.
For more information about our services, please call our Contact Centre on (08) 9242 0242 (or 1300 650 803 for country callers).
How we helped Beth...
A lack of access to transport can increase social isolation and prevent members of our community from living their best lives, as their worlds shrink and they lose access to the goods and services they require.
Silver Chain Reablement Mentor, Anglea, was able to help Beth* (83 years old) overcome this challenge by teaching her how to catch the bus, after her husband was unable able to drive.
On her first visit, Angela showed Beth how to read the bus timetable, how to use the SmartRider card and together they planned their journey.
On her second visit, Angela and Beth walked to the bus stop and travelled together to Midland Gate shopping centre. On the third visit, they caught the bus to the GP. All went very well.
After three weeks, Beth felt confident enough to travel on the bus independently and is now teaching her 70 year old friend to catch local buses with her, so they can enjoy days out and shopping together. Beth no longer requires our services and is living her life happily and independently.