High volume of calls to The Silver Line highlights social isolation challenges for Jersey’s elderly, says local charity on Wednesday 07 January 2015 High volume of calls to The Silver Line highlights social isolation challenges for Jersey’s elderly, says local charity Image

Local charity Family Nursing & Home Care (FNHC) says it is unsurprised by the high volume of calls made by Jersey's elderly to The Silver Line. The charity, which held a major debate on the challenge of Jersey’s ageing population in November, says that loneliness was a key theme that was discussed during the debate.

Julie Gafoor, chief executive of FNCH, said, ‘The debate confirmed that there is a great need for more support for the elderly in Jersey, as well as for their family and volunteer carers. Social isolation was a very emotive issue raised by both the panel and the audience. This highlights the importance of district nursing in Jersey, and the challenges FNHC faces in reaching and supporting the older demographic.’

FNHC’s 'Who Cares?’ debate was attended by over 200 islanders and a host of politicians who came together to discuss Jersey’s ability to deliver high standards of care to elderly islanders in the future.

The Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people across the UK.