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Easter holiday isolation fear for Welshpool's elderly

 
Created on 28/03/2017 @ 14:08
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Many elderly people in Welshpool feel just as lonely at Easter as they do at Christmas, according to a local care agency.

Abacare has urged local residents to visit elderly neighbours over the forthcoming Easter holidays.
 
Peter Angelides, CEO the company, said: “Alongside Christmas, Easter can be one of the loneliest times of the year for the elderly, which is why we’re encouraging people to check in on their elderly relatives and neighbours over the break.

“At Easter people take advantage of the long weekend to book two week holidays or to get stuck into household projects and visiting elderly relatives is often forgotten.
 
“Our carers will still be working hard during the holiday so our service users will still be seeing a friendly face, but many others aren’t and we want to change this. If you are going away it’s important to make sure any older people you know will be looked in on, so it’s a good idea to ask a friend or neighbour to do this for you.”

He added: “If you’re staying at home and working on various projects you could make time to pop in on a relative or neighbour yourself or even have them visit you if it is possible.

“Easter is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family and we want people to remember the older generation at this time. Anything you can do to put a smile on their face will be a big help.”
 
Abacare aims to combat social isolation and as part of its services, it provides personality matches when pairing up its carers with service users.
 
If carers and service users have similar interests they will be paired up, giving the elderly people someone they can trust and get on with on a daily basis.
 
Peter added: “We are continuously working to battle social isolation. We believe providing emotional care is just as important as the physical and we are doing our upmost to make sure our service users don’t feel lonely or isolated.”
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