Reduce isolation for the elderly

There is considerable concern from some of the elderly members of our community that, as a result of an easing of the lock down, they will required to confine themselves to their homes for even longer than now. It must be recognised that the existing restrictions are already causing significant levels of distress to some whose freedom has been curtailed either through a strict self imposition of government guidelines and/or restrictions placed by well-meaning members of their families. They are suffering from loneliness and not always willing to ask for help. Some are just ignoring the current restrictions and going out for shopping and exercise. Consideration must be given to how these restrictions can be loosened so the most vulnerable in our communities can regain their freedom while still staying relatively safe. This should include auditing those who have no internet connection and providing free access so that communication can be improved.

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Mental health and loneliness issues

by Paul_Rimmer on May 07, 2020 at 03:33PM

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  • Posted by Kamcinl May 07, 2020 at 15:37

    Many over 70s are fit and healthy. Obese 30 year olds are less healthy but are not being isolated.
  • Posted by AADAberdeen May 07, 2020 at 17:26

    As a health 70+ I am really quite offended by the constant reference to age & risk.

    The frail & vulnerable elderly in Care Homes are still waiting for proper treatment and their carers for reasonable protective equipment - just look at the death rates.
    Further, they are dying without the comfort of family - telephones and staff support (no matter how respectfull and kindly) are no substitute. If someone is dying the chances are that all the residents have been exposed and also the staff so what is the justification for excluding family?

    Lets not kid ourselves that the older population are valued - if they were government would have treated care homes in the same way as hospitals not waited weeks to even mention them.
  • Posted by JoysieJ May 07, 2020 at 18:47

    I agree that many 70+ are healthy (and often healthier than some younger folk). I think it is heartless that people in care homes cannot see their family and they can feel life is not worth living because of this. Being out in the fresh air and getting a good walk helps to keep older people healthy.
  • Posted by bhonan May 07, 2020 at 18:49

    healthy over 70's need more loosened guidelines.
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