The Role of Technology in Combating Loneliness and Social Isolation:
A guide for housing providers
More than a quarter of older people see two or less people in a week
personal safety alarms are the second most favoured method of social interaction
Over half agree technology can help close the physical gap between distant family and friends

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The Role of Technology in Combating Loneliness and Social Isolation

This guide for housing providers explores the role of technology in combating loneliness and social isolation in a supported housing environment. Housing providers are often at the frontline of dealing with people feeling lonely or socially isolated, and so they are in a unique position to be able to help. While not a substitute for human interaction, we know that technology has huge potential to help alleviate some of these issues, offering a lifeline to older people in their homes and supporting caregivers to fulfil their roles more efficiently and effectively.

Why read the guide

For older people in particular, loneliness can define their lives and have a significant impact on their wellbeing - there is growing concern that loneliness could be the next biggest public health crisis. Loneliness and Social Isolation has been found to be just as prevalent amongst those living in supported housing and therefore housing providers are well placed to offer communication technologies that can help connect older people, particularly those at risk of becoming detached from family and friends when they move into supported housing. This guide will introduce you to the possibilities of technology, highlighting that it may not involve a complete rethink of solutions already in place but rather, a case of improving upon the equipment already in use.

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