A smiling carer chats with an elderly lady

Elderly care: helping to combat loneliness and isolation

Last week we were fortunate enough to host the LinkAge Big ‎Thank you in our Bristol office. LinkAge is a Bristol based charity that has a number of volunteers working to combat loneliness and isolation.

We heard from Jacques, who helps run a cookery course, and also about the dance mob who hit Broadmead on the day of the Eurovison Song Contest with a flash group Charleston!  The sun was shining and the 150 or so volunteers appeared to have a great time.

Jess Flanagan also gave a short speech. While reading up on the Care Act 2014 and Statutory guidance last year Jess had been really excited to see that LinkAge and their work had been mentioned early on. Regular readers of our blog will know about our interest  in care and capacity issues and with the introduction of the Care Act 2014 we are living in a brave new world.

The overriding principle of the Care Act is to promote wellbeing and the case study in the guidance talks about LinkAge and how they have greatly improved the lives of some Bristol Residents such as Eileen – who says that ‘it’s made life’ for her.

What an empowering statement and one that really emphasises the great work of LinkAge, and reflects the great strides that have been made by the Care Act to improve how care is delivered in the future.

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