What is the prevalence of loneliness amongst older people living in residential and nursing care homes?

A systematic review and meta-analysis | Age and Ageing | Oxford Academic

Abstract

Background

The number of older people living in residential and nursing care homes is rising. Loneliness is a major problem for older people, but little is known about the prevalence of loneliness amongst older people living in care homes.

Aim

To undertake a systematic review of literature on the prevalence of moderate and severe loneliness amongst older people living in residential and nursing care homes.

Conclusion

The prevalence of both moderate loneliness and severe loneliness amongst care home residents is high enough to warrant concern. However, the significant variation in prevalence estimates warrants further research. Future studies should identify which interventions can address loneliness and promote meaningful social engagement to enhance quality of life in care homes.

Published: 12 May 2020 | Source

https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article-abstract/49/5/748/5827763?redirectedFrom=fulltext#

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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