Addressing Loneliness and Social Isolation

If someone has concerns or questions about their feelings of loneliness or know someone who is socially isolated, our staff can access them with an online tool called the Loneliness Scale. After completed a short series of questions, a summary is provided. This allows the person to evaluate their own situation and our staff can determine what services or programs that the individual would benefit from. 

Robotic Companion Pets

Washington County Office for Aging (OFA) offers robotic companion pets as a method to reduce loneliness in older adults. Companion pets are designed to bring comfort, companionship, and fun to older loved ones. Our interactive cats, dogs, and birds are companion pets, and they are all about ease-of-care and convenience that pairs with technology for the best possible experience. Data has shown that robotic pets have a great impact on reducing loneliness. 

Telephone Reassurance

Washington County Office for Aging (OFA) also offers Telephone Reassurance services to older individuals identified as being lonely or socially isolated. OFA offers a complimentary call to these individuals, a staff member will reach out via telephone on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. This regular schedule telephone contact is purely a conversation with the individual to ask "how are you doing today", or to chat about the weather, their family and/or friends, their pets, or ask how they are staying active and healthy. Our staff members can also determine during these conversations if the individual needs any additional services or supports.