PEOPLE from Wales are being encouraged by a care provider in the country to visit the elderly this Easter as it can be one of the loneliest times of the year for them alongside Christmas (April, 2017).
Abacare says that many older people fear being lonely as people often go on holidays during the Easter break because of the four day weekend.
Peter Angelides, CEO at the award-winning Abacare, 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.
“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.”
Abacare operates a professional Care Management Team that is committed to providing high quality care to individuals in their own homes.
The large team of trained, specialist, care workers provide positive based outcomes and person centred care to people throughout the UK.
Abacare’s core values, instilled into every staff member, include ‘make us proud’, ‘focus on our service users’ wellbeing’, ‘communicate, listen well and speak with respect’, ‘be passionate, honest, caring and considerate’, ‘recruit and develop the very best’ and ‘lead by example’.
It believes it offers inspiring work for inspirational people.
It was recently named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Award.
Abacare is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, Ceretas (formerly British Association of Domiciliary Care), The National Homecare Council and The Information Commissioners Office (Data Protection). It is also registered with the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales.
Abacare has an Investors in People accolade for its staff training and development.
Investors in People is a national standard, which provides a framework that helps organisations to improve performance and realise objectives through the effective management and development of their staff.
Staff at the care agency were assessed to ensure the organisation met the requirements of the standard.
It was also named Britain’s ‘Most Outstanding Care Agency’ at the UK Over 50s Housing Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
For more information about Abacare, please call the Bangor office on 01248 677919, the Newtown office on 01686 625644, the Ystradgynlais office on 01639 844155 or the RCT office on 01443 742645 or visit www.abacare.org.uk. Alternatively, please follow the company on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/Yn4zmS or on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/visitabacare.