Supporting carers so no-one has to care alone!
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Lonely in a Crowd

It is probably fair to say that the majority of people have experienced feeling lonely at some point in their lives. For some it may have only been a temporary episode but for many (especially the elderly) this is a day to day occurrence. 

Loneliness has many detrimental affects ranging from depression, alcohol dependency, malnutrition, and in some cases, suicidal tendencies. It just doesn't affect the elderly, it can affect all ages from the very young, to high profile celebrities, successful business people, and people who are surrounded by other people. We can be in a crowded room surrounded by family and friends and still feel lonely. 

Loneliness usually involves a lack of connectivity or communication with others. For those living alone where social interaction is a rare occasion this can exacerbate the ability to connect or communicate when the opportunity does arise.

There are many strategies suggested to help combat lonileness from smiling at other people to taking part in community activities. However, the question is, what if the person does not have the means to even leave the confines of the "the four walls" to have the opportunity to smile or take part?

This is why it is important to Inspire and our Support Workers to actively engage our clients in meaningful conversation and, wherever possible encourage our clients to go out with our Support Workers to places where social interaction can take place. We run a day centre on a Friday at the Starlight Room, Armthorpe so people can take part in social activities and feel part of the wider world. Social interaction is one of our main priorities.

'As soon as I walked through the door, Dad would say  "Oh love am I glad to see you, I'm fed up of seeing these four walls. It's ok talking to yourself but it's when you get the daft answers back that the problems start". We would go for long drives in the car just for a change of scenery but mainly to chatter away so Dad felt part of the real world'.

Carers are at the heart of everything we do.​  We are:

Friendly and approachable

Inclusive, respecting the diversity of each other’s caring experiences

Independent in advocating for carers

Committed to working with others.

Our services include:
Assisted Shopping
Friends for the Bereaved
Home Conversation
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For further information about our Day Centre, our services and how we can help please contact:  

Marilyn Cockett on
01302 770662/07899050622

or email:
Inspire Doncaster is dementia friendly and a member of Doncaster Dementia Action Alliance.
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