Banishing lockdown loneliness
For retirees, living a life under more restrictions can present challenges – and living in an environment that facilitates independence has never been more important. The key to minimising feelings of isolation is to create a strong support network. Friends, family and those who can check in, either virtually or in person, share hobbies or interests or even joining you for a walk can make the world of difference mentally and physically. The lockdown can be an incredibly lonely time for the older population with the pandemic giving people a new appreciation of what it can feel to be lonely. Indeed, living in a community where everything you could possibly need is on hand, creates a new definition of luxury, and community living during lockdown also provides an opportunity for the simple pleasures in life to be rediscovered too.
Award-winning and internationally renowned retirement community operator, LifeCare Residences, recognises that when life gets difficult, luxuries matter and are therefore dedicated to creating lifestyles and environments that enrich the lives of their residents. The trip of a lifetime may be on permanent hold, along with treasured family visits for example, so the ‘small luxuries’ take on a greater significance. Small indulgences that make life in lockdown a little more comfortable; practical luxuries that can bring a spot of joy to days in Covid confinement. One resident at Somerleigh Court in the heart of Dorchester, Dorset sums up ‘lockdown life’ within a LifeCare Residence; “As I say to all my friends who enquire about my welfare, ‘I count my blessings; I simply could not be in a better place.’”