Allianz Global Assistance and Yecco Continue to Tackle Social Isolation for Older People

Contact the Elderly is supported by volunteers who organise monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people. Tea party attendees are all aged 75 and over and live alone, so these gatherings offer a vital friendship link every month. Each person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month and, over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

By making individuals aware of the Yecco Care at Home package, Allianz Global Assistance and Yecco can help address the issues of social isolation for older people in an ageing society. There is a growing problem of older patients being unable to return home and occupying hospital beds for longer periods of time, due to a lack of support required to assist them in their recovery at home. Older people are often missing out on good nutrition and support increasing their risk of readmission to hospital.

Contact the Elderly CEO, Mary Rance, comments “We are delighted to work with Allianz Global Assistance and Yecco, as they are already creating products that aim to make a difference to the lives of older people. Our tea parties offer a real lifeline of friendship to our older guests, who have little or no contact with family or friends. But we can only continue with this important work, thanks to the support of businesses and volunteers, as well as generous donations.”

“Forecasts show that the UK social care ‘gap’ will leave 1.1 million needing adult children to care for them, by 2032*” says Sarah Ducker, Health Development Specialist at Allianz Global Assistance in the UK. “This only goes to highlight the need for a robust network of care management solutions, as well as charities like Contact the Elderly, which create tangible social networks. The work we do with Yecco helps people back into their home and gives them access to the support they need. However, Contact the Elderly gives them the social care and sense of community that is often overlooked, when caring for older people and we are delighted to be working with them.”

“Contact the Elderly is working hard to support older people, from falling into isolation and loneliness, a common topic talked about today” explains Janet Jadavji, CEO and Founder of Yecco. “We aim to reduce the distress of loneliness that the elderly population faces, using digitalisation to bring together friends, family and communities using the power of social media. I am delighted to form a new partnership with Contact the Elderly, which brings together people of all ages.”

Yecco Care at Home, created in partnership with Allianz Global Assistance in the UK, is a unique insurance solution that provides up to six weeks of assistance at home, after an unforeseen illness or an accident which resulted in hospitalisation.

The partnership with Yecco forms part of Allianz Global Assistance’s ongoing commitment to helping the UK population plan for care and the associated costs involved. Free to join, is available online via PC, an IOS tablet or mobile device. In the new year Yecco will be launching medical devices and home sensors too. The service can also connect to third party resources (e.g. NHS health records, GP record systems, third sector providers) for the care relationship to become truly collaborative and beneficial for both families and healthcare professionals.