Radfield Home Care franchise launches companions service to combat loneliness this Christmas

Radfield Home Care York – Christmas Companions

Radfield Home Care’s York, Thirsk & Ryedale franchise has launched a new initiative to combat loneliness and isolation amongst York’s older people in the run up to Christmas.

The Christmas Companions campaign provides a free companionship and befriending visit to older people living in the city.

The time can be spent chatting over a cup of tea, video-calling relatives who live out of the area or even helping to ice this year’s Christmas cake.

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Explaining the launch, franchise owner Ed Gill commented: “Christmas is the time of year when we all like to visit friends, family and socialise. However, our older neighbours aren’t always able to socialise in this same way, and can often end up feeling extremely lonely and isolated as the dark and colder nights set-in.

“We wanted to do our bit to help change this for our elderly residents in York and surrounding areas. So this year, we have decided to create our free Christmas Companions service. Our team of Care Professionals are on hand to nip in to local residents and spend an hour with any older person and be that friendly face to lighten up their day!”

Research conducted by the University of York identified 1.4mn older people in England were experiencing significant loneliness before the coronavirus pandemic struck. And after many months of lockdowns and the impact of Covid-19, this number has now increased further.

Radfield Home Care York, Thirsk & Ryedale launched in November and has since become a Real Living Wage employer after being accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

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