How can reducing social isolation help?
This article, featured in the Ontario Long-Term Care Association’s Long-Term Care Today Magazine highlights an interview conducted with Michelle Fleming, Knowledge Broker with the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (CLRI).
In the interview, Michelle was asked a series of questions surrounding emotions, specifically: how to cope when a resident starts crying uncontrollably, or talking about how lonely or depressed they feel; what to say when a resident tells her they are scared of dying; and how to support someone who suffers from dementia and talks about being scared but is unable to articulate what they are afraid of. These are complex questions, but they come up often in long-term care homes.
The Ontario CLRI supported a project exploring a solution aiming to reduce loneliness and social isolation among residents living in long-term care (LTC), called The Power of Peer Support. This solution uses meaningful peer support groups to offer opportunities for residents to build meaningful relationships and support one another. In these small group sessions, complex emotions often come up, and facilitators need to be comfortable in navigating these conversations. To learn more about the Power of Peer Support Programs, visit the resource page.