Care Companions can make a meaningful change in the lives of lonely seniors. Making sure that our clients stay happy, healthy and independent is not a job – it’s our passion!
Mrs K is an intelligent, thoughtful lady who loves to read and used to work for the Medical and Dental Council editing students theses. She became a client after her plight was brought to our attention by one of our Carers who visited her occasionally in her private capacity.
Mrs K lives in a small, dark and depressing domestic room at the back of someone’s home. She has no friends or family and apart from her 3 cats, she spends all her time alone.
She also suffers from macular degeneration, making it impossible for her to see well enough to work or read anymore. Her poor eye sight also means that she can no longer drive so she seldom goes out and is plagued by loneliness. So much so that she took up smoking again, after many years of not smoking, just out of boredom and depression.
Unable to work, Mrs K now lives on a state pension of which half goes to paying the rent. Her tight budget means she lives on ‘cheap food’ and as a result, her nutrition was very poor.
We were determined to make a difference to her life, especially when we hugged her at the end of our first visit and she said she didn’t want to let go.
She was also overwhelmed with gratitude when we sent her a food parcel and with the help of a sponsor, she now receives Meals on Wheels four days a week. She was also brought to tears when a Nerina resident took it upon herself to buy cat food on a regular basis.
Alison now visits Mrs K weekly and also takes her to her doctors’ appointments. Recently, Alison took her to the hairdresser for the first time in three years. She was so happy with this special treat and it made her feel like a million bucks!
The regular company means that she’s not as lonely and even though she’s a proud and private person by nature, she’s slowly opening up and letting us in. We know we’re making a difference in Mrs K’s life because she’s loves to go out now and has started taking pride in her appearance and herself for the first time in a long time.