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|Title:||Social isolation, loneliness & older people: Study of neighbour aid home visiting service|
Behavioural & Social Sciences in Health
quality of life
home care services
|Abstract:||The purpose of this research study is to investigate social isolation and loneliness and its impact it has on a person's well being. Social isolation and loneliness occurs in people of all ages but with older generation more vulnerable to its development. The emphasis of this study is placed upon social isolation and loneliness among older people who are receiving a Home and Community Care funded service called Neighbour Aid Home Visiting in the Parramatta Local Government of NSW. This service provides volunteer workers to visit housebound and isolated clients and provide them with companionship and practical assistance to alleviate some of the social isolation and loneliness they encounter. The service not only provided individuals with social companionship, but also offered a range of other benefits. These other benefits were ongoing learning/sharing of wisdom, empowerment and helping the participants to deal with loss and grief issues. These outcomes assisted the individuals to improve their social skills and develop self-esteem and ultimately to improve their quality of life. The results show the service was instrumental in alleviating social isolation and feelings of loneliness among the sample group.|
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|Department/Unit/Centre:||Behavioural & Social Sciences in Health|
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|Type of Work:||Technical Report|
|Appears in Collections:||Honours and Postgraduate Coursework theses – Health Sciences|
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