Lewis Thompson, Associate Solicitor in our Private Client team, discusses the effects of coronavirus on the most vulnerable in society and the help they can access

One of the biggest concerns over COVID-19 is the number of elderly and vulnerable people who are now sadly subject to home isolation and a complete drop in social interaction.

Loneliness and isolation can have a serious effect on a person’s mental and physical wellbeing. Even before Coronavirus, it was thought that more than two million people over the age of 75 in England lived alone (Age UK) and that over one million elderly and vulnerable people can go over a month without speaking to anyone including friends and family (Age UK).

The effects of loneliness are, of course, not just limited to elderly and vulnerable people. It can have an adverse impact on anyone and in extreme circumstances can result in serious and life-threatening medical conditions being left untreated.

As solicitors, we have a platform to help our clients and contacts about these issues, so it would be remiss if we didn’t share the advice and the ideas given by professionals at this difficult time.

With that in mind, below is a list of organisations which can help elderly and vulnerable people cope with home isolation and loneliness as well as links to local food banks if you – or anyone you know – is struggling financially.

https://www.manchestermind.org/

https://www.togmind.org/

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/

https://www.samaritans.org/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-cope-with-loneliness-during-coronavirus-4799661

https://www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/blog/coronavirus-and-social-isolation/

https://glossopdalefoodbank.org.uk/

https://manchestercentral.foodbank.org.uk/

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