Older and disabled people using care services in Lincolnshire are among the loneliest in the whole of England.
That’s according to a recent survey from the government’s Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).
For the first time, the poll of more than 70,000 people who use social care services were asked about levels of social contact.
Over seven care users in every 100 in Lincolnshire said they had “little social contact with people and feel socially isolated”, while the figure across England as a whole was five in 100.
Blackburn, in Lancashire topped the list with the lowest rate of isolation at two in 100, while Hackney in London had the highest rate at 11 in 100.
Commenting on the survey, Janet Morrison, Chief Executive of Independent Age said, “These figures present a worrying picture of social care users’ loneliness, not just in Lincolnshire but in many parts of England.
“Nationally, one million people over the age of 65 still say they are often or always lonely.
“That’s why we’ve just brought out a free Wise Guide book: Healthy, Happy, Connected - Support and Advice for Older People Living Alone.
“It’s packed with support and ideas for older people who live alone who want to make the most of life.”
*To order your free guide for yourself, a relative or neighbour please call freephone 0800 319 6611 or order online at www.independentage.org