Socially isolated

Alfie was an elderly man who had been in hospital over a year and did not seem to be getting any better. The hospital was a long way from home, which made it difficult for his family to pay him regular visits. It didn’t take long for Alfie to feel isolated and he sank into deep depression. His family contacted the SVP Conference nearest to the hospital and asked whether they could do anything. Members began to make visits on a regular basis.

By coincidence, it transpired that two of the men who visited Alfie had worked in the same industry as him. During the visits a bond formed between these three men. Gradually Alfie began to take more of an interest in life and in turn his health began to improve. Eventually he was well enough to be discharged from the hospital altogether. Companionship had changed Alfie’s outlook, and lifting his spirits had helped him on the road to recovery.

This case study and many more like it can be found in our book ‘Changing Lives’, available for a suggested donation of £5.00. Contact the SVP National Office to order a copy.