For some of us, those who are living alone without family close by, Christmas can be a lonely time. But there is lots we can do to make a difference for people who may be alone or isolated. Here are some tips.
The practical stuff
Here are some of the festive tasks you can do to help older people:
- offer to hang decorations
- help write Christmas cards
- assist with shopping for presents
Connect with people
It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, it’s the small things that count. Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination and connect with people:
- bring a meal to a neighbour
- make that phone call
- stop and have that conversation with your neighbour
- a random act of kindness
- volunteer with a charity
Link in with community
Link up anyone you know who is isolated or vulnerable with a local social event. If you are receiving services from AccessCare, our Home Care Package Advisers will link you with local events in the area so you can get out and about and enjoy some Christmas cheer. Here is a list of meal services being provided on or around Christmas Day.
Finally, check in with people on their plans for Christmas, it can make all the difference.