sitting services

and social companionship

What is the Sitting Service ?

The Sitting Service provides respite for carers of older people and adults who have a disability. The sitters provide companionship and basic personal care and participate in a range of pastimes.

The sitting service allows carers to take a break whilst the cared-for person remains in their home with a trained person who will look after them.

A session can be from 2 to 8 hours. The service is available from 8.00am to 10.30pm seven days a week.

These services are provided by staff that have received training to make sure that they can provide the appropriate level of care in your absence.

A sitter provides the companionship, support, personal care and assistance which would normally be provided by their carer. This might include accompanying the person on a visit or to an appointment, short walks, conversation, reading, games and personal care as required during the break.

Any costs associated with the trips/visits will be recharged to you.  You will be responsible for any entry of admission costs incurred and also any mileage costs.  These are currently charged at .25 pence per mile.

In normal circumstances you should expect to give one week's notice when requesting a sit-in service.  This will allow a carer to be 'matched' to the person you care for, or in the case of regular bookings make sure that the usual member of staff is available.

 What is Social Companionship ?

What is it ?
Our Social Companionship services provide support in order for the Service User to continue living independently in their own home. It may be that the individual does not require any personal care (e.g. bathing, etc.) but they may want the reassurance of a care worker for companionship reasons.

Our Objective
To provide care and companionship for the elderly and those convalescing in their own homes.

How can we help ?
Social companionship may cover a range of activities where we are able to provide support, for example:

General companionship.
Accompanying to and from social activities (social clubs, cinema, etc.)
Assistance with hobbies and leisure activities.
A key objective should be to support elderly people who would otherwise be forced to move from a well-loved home.

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