Elderly and vulnerable residents across Trafford are increasingly concerned about loneliness as their relatives return to work, new research shows.

Right at Home South Trafford interviewed its clients across Altrincham, Sale, Timperley and Urmston – and 90% of them expressed genuine worry about a lack of company now that people are being advised or instructed back to work.

Over 30,000 Trafford residents were placed on furlough during the pandemic, as 27% of jobs in the borough were placed on hold. Mark Beeby, of Right at Home South Trafford says: “Being placed on temporary leave or working from home has been a huge struggle for many in the region, however the silver lining to it was that many families saw much more of each other, and were able to give each other more time. Now that they can return to work, they will have less time to provide that level of support.”

Analysis by AGE UK has shown that COVID has had a massive impact on elderly UK residents,  with one in four older people’s ability to do everyday activities worsening during the pandemic. Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at AGE UK, says: “It’s really sad that the pandemic has taken such a toll on the mobility, confidence and capacity of millions of older people to live independently without extra support.”

Mark concludes: “Loneliness and lack of confidence is a real problem for many of our clients – through no fault of their relatives, who of course need to earn a living. This is why it’s vital that we all look out for our older or less mobile neighbours, and check in on them when we can. This is more important now than ever before.”

Right at Home is one of the UK’s leading homecare providers, with the South Trafford franchise serving Altrincham, Timperley, Sale, Urmston and the surrounding areas. The team of more than 30 local caregivers offer companionship and support, elderly care, personal care and Alzheimer’s and dementia care across the borough, having launched in the area seven years ago.