More than 500 over-65s took part in the survey, which was conducted earlier this month by SECOM CareTech, a telecare provider for elderly and disabled people. It found over half of elderly adults were worried about spending Christmas without their families, and almost one in six worried more about loneliness than COVID-19.
The findings of the survey suggest more work needs to be done to support older people this winter, and underlines the importance of combatting loneliness and social isolation in the elderly.
Neil Fitzwalter, the care technology manager at Secom, said “By recognising the impact of loneliness, we are by no means undermining the importance of social distancing or shielding – they are crucial for keeping vulnerable people safe. However, elderly loneliness shouldn’t be seen as an acceptable side-effect of the pandemic. More needs to be done to help those in long-term lockdown. That’s why we will be calling each of our CareTech customers on Christmas Day to wish them a Merry Christmas and make sure they’re okay.”
Lockdown Loneliness Survey and its findings here – https://secom-caretech.co.uk/help-and-advice/secom-caretech-national-survey/