You would think that aged care facilities should be well-placed to tackle social isolation. But three Victorian experts say research has shown seniors living in residential care report feeling lonelier than those who remain in the community.
With social connectedness a key determinant of health, it was alarming to hear the Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt announce last year that up to 40 per cent of people living in residential aged care were not receiving any visitors at all.
This Australian Ageing Agenda article looks at ways to break the cycle of loneliness and isolation.
Have you or a loved one had concerns about isolation, loneliness or neglect issues in aged care residents? What actions would you like to see taken?