What is the prevalence of loneliness amongst older people living in residential and nursing care homes?

A systematic review and meta-analysis | Age and Ageing | Oxford Academic

Abstract

Background

The number of older people living in residential and nursing care homes is rising. Loneliness is a major problem for older people, but little is known about the prevalence of loneliness amongst older people living in care homes.

Aim

To undertake a systematic review of literature on the prevalence of moderate and severe loneliness amongst older people living in residential and nursing care homes.

Conclusion

The prevalence of both moderate loneliness and severe loneliness amongst care home residents is high enough to warrant concern. However, the significant variation in prevalence estimates warrants further research. Future studies should identify which interventions can address loneliness and promote meaningful social engagement to enhance quality of life in care homes.

Published: 12 May 2020 | Source

https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article-abstract/49/5/748/5827763?redirectedFrom=fulltext#

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