There are lots of ways that you can combat loneliness and social isolation.
The Peterborough Wellbeing Service
The Peterborough Wellbeing Service is run by Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS). They are able to point people in the right direction for a range of services and supplies including:
- Short term support if someone is poorly
- Support after leaving hospital
- Replacement radiators, energy advice
- Handyperson support
- Support for people who have experienced a recent death of a loved one
- Support for people who have brain injuries and strokes
- Support for people with physical disabilities and their carers including access to sports facilities
- Support for people with poor hearing and/or eyesight
- Support for people with mental health issues
- Nutrition and exercise classes
- Volunteer opportunities
- Befriending and social interaction through community groups, sitting service
- Support for carers and their families
- Safety, security and access to your home
- Managing finances
- Cleaning and gardening
Some services are available free, but some services may be charged for.
For more information call Jan on 01733 342683.
Daily living aids service to help Peterborough residents be safe and well
Peterborough’s new Safe+Well Service, provided by NRS Healthcare, supports local residents who may be older, disabled, recently discharged from hospital (or caring for someone that is) to find ‘daily living aids’ to help with everyday activities and stay independent.
Contact Safe+Well on 01480 415719 or for more information or visit www.safeandwell.co.uk/cambridgeshire
There are benefits for everyone if we stay fit and healthy. Healthy people tend to have a better quality of life, have more independence, are able to make more of their own choices and have better life chances.
Eight tips for healthy eating
- Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals)
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
- Eat more fish - including a portion of oily fish
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
- Don't get thirsty
- Don't skip breakfast
More information can be found on NHS.UK/Live-well
Strength and balance exercises can keep you stronger for longer
We all want to continue to share our lives with loved ones as we get older, such as playing with grandchildren and socialising with friends. Simple strength and balance exercises twice a week are a proven way to keep you stronger for longer, independent and enjoying the great things in life, whether by joining a class or doing it yourself at home.
For more information on classes and activities in your area, visit the Healthy Peterborough website.
There are 50,000 people over the age of 65 in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who may be at risk of loneliness. Many older people can go a month or more without talking to a friend, family member or neighbour.
Loneliness and poor social connections are as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Together we can help end loneliness. It doesn't take a big commitment, or a lot of time.
More details are available on the Peterborough - creating a healthy city website
Peterborough City Council's Day Service
The Peterborough City Council’s Day Service offers a safe and friendly environment for older people who might be finding it difficult to get out and about, and need a bit of help and support.
Coming to the Day Service can help you to stay independent, keep well, and remain living in your own home for as long as possible. It offers a chance to enjoy some friendship while being well cared for. Attending the Day Service can also provide a much needed break for carers who live at home, and help to reduce and prevent falls.
The Peterborough Day Service is based at the Cresset, Bretton Centre - but is also provided at the Mellows Close (Eastfield) Sheltered Scheme and Copeland (Bretton) Sheltered Scheme. Door to door transport with carers is provided as standard.
The Service is provided in safe, relaxed and comfortable surroundings by well trained staff. The Day Service is well equipped to help you if you find it difficult to get around and need support with your personal care needs. This will be undertaken with respect and sensitivity. The Service is able to support people who suffer from dementia or other life-limiting illnesses.
More information can be found within the 'Older People's Day Service leaflet'