Health & Social Care // Solent NHS Trust Pilot Project: Enhancing Mental Health Care in Care Homes


Loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor to more well-known factors such as obesity and physical inactivity. Loneliness can increase the likelihood of mortality by 26%.

However, there is growing evidence around the complex challenge social isolation and loneliness brings to older adults when living in residential and nursing homes, even if they are surrounded by other people.

Solent NHS Trust is running a project which aims to make a difference for these older adults who experience isolation, loneliness and depression. Through developing a preventative programme of social, occupational and sensory stimulation, or providing someone to just talk to and connect with the Trust hopes to improve the lives of care home residents.

Solent NHS Trust is asking individual volunteers or groups to contribute their time, knowledge or skills to contribute to meeting the needs of this group of vulnerable individuals. Many live with long term physical and mental health conditions whose well-being would benefit greatly from making those social connections.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Aileen Murray by email [email protected].

If you are interested in social isolation, you may like to read about our research project on behalf of Mid Hampshire Better Local Care. Find out more here