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Helping to overcome loneliness

Did you know that, according to Age UK, nearly a million older people in the UK go for more than a month without speaking to anyone? Not only is loneliness and isolation a huge problem, it has also been associated with health issues such as depression, sleep problems, hypertension, stress and mental health problems.

At Caremark we strongly believe that no one should feel loneliness or isolation, which is why we’ve created our companionship care service.

Here we look at what Caremark’s companionship services can offer you and your family.

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Typical activities involved in our companionship care
Who might benefit from Caremark’s companionship care services

A member of our friendly team will be happy to give you further details about Caremark’s companionship care services and how we can help you or your loved one. Please click here to find the contact details for your local office.

To read more about our companionship care, visit our Companionship Care Guide.

So much more than just a friendly face

One of our companionship care assistants can visit you or your loved one as often as is needed to offer support and add that all-important human element to your/their day. A friendly face, or companion, to support with daily activities is often crucial to you or your loved one’s happiness and wellbeing. Our companionship carers very often become good friends with our clients, someone they feel they can easily chat to and discuss and share things with, both when they are at home and out and about.

We provide companions who will genuinely be able to share you or your loved one’s interests, from sport and crossword puzzles to cookery, knitting, gardening and much more besides. We know that spending quality time with someone who understands you and is genuinely interested in your life, interests, hobbies and what’s important to you is very important on many different levels.

Dedicated one-to-one support

Our companionship care services can be tailored exactly to you or your loved one’s needs, be it a short visit every day, weekly trips out and about, concentrated care for a short holiday, or as a one-off while the usual carer has to go away.

Often it’s just about offering a bit of extra support and companionship to make you or your loved one feel less lonely and more human again.

How can our companionship team help?

Here are just a few of the typical activities our companionship care assistants can do with you or your relative or friend:

  • walking the dog
  • going to collect pension or visiting the bank
  • shopping for food, clothes or other items
  • going to leisure activities
  • enjoying a chat over a cup of tea
  • company while doing crafts or hobbies
  • going to a day service
  • visiting a community centre
  • using public transport
  • company and transport for doctor, dental and hospital appointments
  • encouraging and helping with exercise where appropriate
  • using a mobile phone, TV remote control or computer
  • paying bills and understanding financial documents
  • getting funding advice with claiming benefits

We’ll take our lead from you or your loved one

It's you or your family member’s choice as to how much and what kind of companionship support is needed, as well as how often. The above are just a few examples. Please feel free to ask us about personal needs or suggest other activities if you have something in mind. We are always keen to try to cater to individual preferences and aim to help everyone in unique ways.

Who benefits from companionship care?

Caremark’s companionship carers can really help brighten your or your family member’s day. Our care assistants visit at regular times, or whenever they are needed. They will become a recognised, welcome face who gives you or your loved one quality time and can offer an understanding and interesting conversation.

You or your family member might be surrounded by friends and family but still feel lonely or maybe there’s no one nearby. Whatever the situation, one-on-one time has so many benefits. Maybe you or your friend or relative feels isolated and would love to make new connections but lack the confidence to go to a new friendship or hobby group alone. A companionship care assistant could help identify local clubs, then attend them too.

Help with getting out and about

Perhaps you or your loved one has a few health problems and finds it difficult to get out and about - a common problem and one that can leave someone feeling socially isolated. Our companionship care assistants can assist you or your family member physically to get out to a local park or shopping centre, or wherever really. Even the smallest social experience can make someone feel more connected to the world around them, helping to avoid loneliness.

One big problem associated with loneliness and isolation is that it leads to people ignoring their own health and wellbeing. Our companionship carers recognise when this is happening and can help avoid it by finding ways to encourage you or your loved one to feel more positive and want to be healthier and more active.

Tea and chats

Just having a companion to share a cup of tea and chat with every now and then can be enough to lift spirits and stave off loneliness.

“I really look forward to Sandra’s weekly visits. I even write down things to tell her about so I don't forget! It’s such a treat to have someone who really cares and has the time to sit and enjoy a tea and a biscuit and a good natter with me. She’s such good company but on the rare occasion we don't have much to say to each other, we do a crossword puzzle or she’ll read the newspaper to me.”

Jean, age 78, from Northampton.

How much does companionship care cost?

In a few circumstances companionship care can be funded. It’s a good idea to talk to your local council or Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to see if you might be entitled to financial support with companionship care.

Visit our Guide to Financing section for further information or get in touch with the team at your local office by filling out this form to receive a personalised quote.

You might also wish to download Age UK helpful guide to paying for home care.

Would you like further information about our companionship care?

If you would like more details about our help with companionship, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by filling out the form below. Your local Caremark team will be in touch to discuss your needs and guide you through your options.

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