All of our companions and carers are 100% committed to maintaining dignified and independent lifestyles. We believe that with the right care and companionship, our clients can lead long and happy lives.
For us no two days are ever the same. The only constant is the compassion I have for my clients. I’ve always said that caring isn’t just a job, it is a commitment. That’s why my days aren’t spent watching TV with my clients at home.
This week it was 12 home visits, 7 outings, 3 trips to the library, a fair few trips to the doctor (accompanying clients to their appointments) and countless cups of coffee and tea.
I had a chance to chat to all of my clients about how they had been since my last visit; they shared stories about their families and got to offload a bit about things that were troubling them.
I try to make days as interactive and stimulating as possible because we’re not just granny-sitting, we’re making a difference. Here’s a peak into what else I get up to during a typical week to give you an idea of what I mean:
Picked up our 'Golden Girls' J, J and E for a shopping and coffee trip to the mall.
Made some soup for Mr and Mrs C and helped Mrs C write letters to her family living abroad.
Met a new client, Mrs G, and although she’s a bit frail from her surgery, she’s full of life and loves to socialise. On my next visit I’m taking her out for ice-cream.
Stood in the queue with Mrs S at the bank and helped her pay her accounts. We stopped at a nursery to get a new plant for their garden and had tea and cake.
Delivered prunes and prune juice to Mr van R who has been suffering from what his wife calls “those tummy troubles”.
I also have a responsibility my client’s families because they rely on me to care for their loved ones as well as they would. Part of my job is to assure family members who are sometimes far away that their loved ones are safe, comfortable and being given the highest quality care.
That usually means going the extra mile to help out with light housekeeping duties or preparing light meals and it’s always such a treat to be able to take my clients out occasionally to satisfy their craving for a proper Sunday roast no matter the day of the week!
The truth is that living alone or spending most of the day without anyone to talk to can get very lonely and my visits aren’t just a chance to get to the pharmacy to fill a prescription, it’s often the only chance some of my clients get to socialise. It gives them a break from their isolation and many times we’ve spent hours catching up on the news, celebrating the arrival of a great grandchild with a slice of cake or sharing a good laugh over a cup of tea or two.
At the CareCompany we love what we do and the people we work with. When it comes to making sure our clients stay happy, healthy and independent, the right kind of care and company can make all the difference.
Julia Curtis - Co-Founder
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