Who needs Companion Care?
Our home care services are not just for those requiring medical or physical support, our Companion Care package helps provide comfort and reassurance for elderly people suffering from loneliness and living in isolation.
Age UK reports that chronic loneliness is a major problem which currently effects around 1.4million people throughout the UK causing a decline in mental and physical health for those affected by it.
The benefits of having a live-in companion for an elderly relative can make a life changing improvement for families who live far away or are unable to visit regularly. Loneliness can exacerbate frailty and other conditions and can lead to depression, self-neglect and anxiety.
Live-in companion care helps to empower elderly people and improve their sense of wellbeing with someone by their side to help in case of accident or illness. A Christies Care companion provides emotional support and practical help around the house, preparing and enjoying meals together or having company to enjoy a walk, visit friends, the cinema, church, take a day out or even a holiday.
Families can have peace of mind knowing their loved one is safe, happy and well looked after. And if a client’s needs change and more support is required, our live-in carers are ALL trained to help with more specific caregiving tasks such as managing medication, personal care and mobility support so our clients can keep the carer they know and like whatever their condition.
Companion care: Client case study
Proven success – Outstanding results
Fidelity Cranbrook is a wonderful example of the advantages of having a live-in Companion Care package. Fidelity’s arrangement made it possible for her to stay in her own home with her garden and dog, in the same village that she had lived in since she married.
Widowed at 66, Fidelity lived in a village with her sons and other relations in easy reach. It was only when she approached 90 did anyone start to get anxious about her driving, her memory and a gradual increase in mild hallucinations.
The tipping point, when her relations realised that they had to ‘do something’, came when both her sons were going to be away for three weeks at the same time. No-one else was close enough to come and check that she was OK, or to help in the middle of the night.
A live in carer was arranged and both Fidelity’s sons agreed they’d had their first three weeks without worry for two years. Fidelity on the other hand was less sure of the new set up and resisted the arrangement. She was upset and would have preferred to live with her own family, not a stranger. But within a short time, Fidelity grew to like and accept her carers, becoming very fond of them and enjoying the time they spent together. Fidelity’s independence was encouraged, she enjoyed doing things for herself and had no intention of letting someone else take over so she continued to cook the meals and make the beds herself. Fidelity lives her life to the full with the companionship of her carer. She enjoyed taking them for a drive to show them the countryside and have a pub lunch together and later, when she could no longer drive, she moved to the passenger seat and her carer took the wheel. Fidelity was still able to attend the concerts she enjoyed, do some gardening and visit the family she loved every day.
The charity Age UK suggests that over 1 million older people go for more than a month without conversation with a friend, neighbour or family member.
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