1.3 million older people spend two months a year alone

Published: 22/05/2019

Today Bluebird Care is launching Every Visit Counts, a campaign that highlights and helps to reduce loneliness in the UK. 

Loneliness is an issue which can affect us all, but it disproportionately affects older people. Bluebird Care is in a unique position to help reduce loneliness; our care assistants can sometimes be the only human contact our customers have a day. That is why we are today launching Every Visit Counts, a campaign that highlights and helps to reduce loneliness in the UK.
To mark the launch, we have carried out a nationwide poll of 1,000 over 65-year-olds, carried out by OnePoll.
When extrapolated in relation to the UK’s older population, the shocking results reveal that some 1.3 million older people spend the equivalent of two months a year alone.
They also find:
  • Two million older people (18%) have spent a week without seeing any one
  • Some four million older people (36%) speak to less than one person a day (5 people a week or less)
  • Some 4.5 million older people (39%) feel lonely either often or sometimes
  • Some 3.4 million older people (30%) would not admit to someone they trust that they are lonely
  • While 5.4 million (47%) say they do not have access to support when they are feeling lonely
There are 11.4 million people in Britain aged 65-years-old or more, according to Age UK.

The results were even more shocking for women, who on average live for longer.
Women, who make up 70% of the people over the age of 65, are twice as likely to spend at least two months a year alone: 1.1 million older women (14%) spend two months a year alone compared to 200,000 older men (7%).
Again, older women are more likely to have spent longer periods alone than older men. 21% of female respondents said they have gone a week or longer without speaking to another person compared to 14% of men.
Over the coming months the campaign will bring expert advice as well as individual experiences of both care assistants and those who have suffered loneliness.

To find out more visit: www.everyvisit.co.uk