Despite your best efforts, it’s impossible to provide your loved one with around the clock care. Even though you might try to keep them occupied and entertained, with modern technology and communication devices central to this approach, there is always the chance they might have to spend time on their own. 

Spending time alone is not a bad thing if the time is well managed, but it can lead to loneliness. Keeping your loved one mentally engaged and positive is a vital part of ensuring they are physically healthy and happy. Loneliness can be damaging to their physical health, as it can lead to problems if their self esteem and morale drops. Depression, alcoholism and malnutrition can afflict the lonely, so be sure to tackle its onset before it sets in. 

Spotting signs of loneliness early is crucial. The earlier you notice that your loved one might be beginning to suffer, the sooner you can take steps to fix it. So it’s vital to look for early signs. 

These can include obvious clues, such as hints they give when you speak to them. It can also involve changes in behaviour, such as suffering from mood swings or even wanting to go out of the house more than normal. In extreme cases, early signs of loneliness may lead to imagined health issues, as a way of getting attention, or even real health issues, which can arise as a result of your loved one being low on morale. So be wary of these early signs. 

Your job as a carer is hard and, as much as you’d like to, we know that you can’t spend all of your time caring for your loved one. No one expects you to. As a result, loneliness is a danger but one we can help you deal with in a sensitive manner. So, remember, you can always get in touch with the Birdie Care Team via chat, phone or email for further help and guidance. 

With love and care,

Tracey

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