Combatting loneliness and maintaining personal liberty
Social care is one of the most valuable forms of care we deliver. Combatting loneliness and helping people to maintain their personal liberty is incredibly rewarding and is increasingly being linked to the prevention of several other conditions. Half-an-hour-a-day or a few hours a week is all it takes to avoid isolation or simply help somebody continue to live independently.
Spontaneity and ‘going with the flow’
Popping to the shops, attending social gatherings, fulfilling appointments or getting out of the house and enjoying a change of scene can change the course of a day or even an entire week. We know that our role is to support people in maintaining their independence and so as well as being one of the most valuable forms of care, social care can also be one of the most flexible forms of care we provide with two visits rarely the same. Offering spontaneity and ‘going with the flow’ helps to avoid the stigma sometimes associated with receiving care and can result in it being perceived as support, rather than care.
Social care is typically booked in one-hour blocks but if managed through the local authority, we can sometimes apply for ad-hoc additional time to cover bigger trips or days out. We’ve had some interesting requests for how to use social care time over the years and we will always do our best to support those, where it means the individual can continue to live a normal life.
Case Study: Mr & Mrs C
We visit Mr and Mrs C every morning for one hour. Both are mobile, but elderly. Mrs C needs help getting out of bed and Mr C isn’t able to manage this alone. Historically early risers, having lived and worked on a farm, they now enjoy a lie in with a cup of tea before starting their day. So, we call at around 9am every day of the week, help Mrs C out of bed and support her in getting dressed, taking her medication and applying creams.
Once she is ‘presentable’ (her own words!) we help her to the room of her choice and set up anything she needs around her. We then tidy and sort the bedroom ready for bed that evening, empty the commode, open the rest of the house up, if Mr C hasn’t already done so, and make them both a cup of tea.
The care we provide to Mr and Mrs C is privately funded and agreed with close input from their three daughters who all live more than an hour’s drive away from them. Their daughters love the app we use as it allows them to see all of the notes from every call and to communicate with the care team directly. They recently needed someone to be present during some routine maintenance at the house and were able to request this via the app and pay the additional time.