Companionship is a basic human need
Keeping Good Company offers telephone-based companionship & personal development for the isolated & lonely elderly of our community.
Loneliness within the elderly community is a rising epidemic with devastating consequences
1.2 million older people in UK are chronically lonely
51% of all people aged 75 & over live alone
11% of elderly are in contact with family or friends less than once a month
(Victor et al, 2003)
40% of elderly (3.9m) say the television is their main company
(Age UK, 2014)
20% of elderly people in the UK who feel lonely say they have no-one to turn to
(The Campaign to End Loneliness)
People aged 80 & above are expected to more than double by 2037 & people aged over 90 are expected to triple
Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%
Loneliness and isolation is comparable to the impact of well-known risk factors such as obesity & is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes per day
A meta-analysis showed loneliness can increase the risk of premature death by 30%. The analysed studies involved 3.2m people
(Brigham Young University, 2015)
Lonely individuals are more prone to depression
(Cacioppo et al, 2006)
One study concludes lonely people have a 64% increased chance of developing clinical dementia
(Holwerda et al, 2012)
Degradation of mental and physical health, due to loneliness, can lead to premature care, & nursing home admissions
It’s so simple it’s brilliant. The beauty lies in the core function – contact and communcation – which is underpinned by our mission:
To bring conversation companionship and personal growth to the isolated and lonely
We offer simple companionship chat calls, all the way to curated courses where we work through a curriculum together (maybe art-history, poetry or gardening)
All communication and curricula is carefully tailored to the interest and enjoyment levels of each individual person
We offer familiarisation with the technical world. Getting clients more comfortable with devices, and social media, can increase engagement with their family & communities
The regular communication ensures greater security and an earlier alert if they fall ill, or have an accident or need assistance
We offer very gentle assessments so we can quantify progress
And we offer basic admin support and assistance – like ordering the groceries online, or relaying messages to the family
“I don’t feel comfortable using Skype and don’t use the phone that much. Once we got to know each other our chats became really enjoyable.
“First we were just getting to know each other, but recently, we have started a language course together, I’ll look forward to our progress there. They do really seem to care and my buddy, Janis, has a lovely happiness about her.
“I think people should try it, and see if they like it for themselves.”
“I was concerned about getting along with the person I was speaking to. But then we bonded after only a few sessions.
“The calls are enjoyable and I look forward to them each time. They have helped with some things on my iPad, and it’s nice to know they are there if i feel lonely. I’d recommend people trying it for themselves.”
“It’s made a big difference in my day and i really look forward to our chats.
They’re very helpful, and its very impressive all the little things they can help with that makes a difference.
“I feel more independent, and enjoy not having to bother my kids for so many little things. I’m normally a little concerned about things sold over the internet, but after getting to know them i felt very comfortable.”