Kepplegate Companion Care

What is companion care?

Kepplegate provides a variety of care options for people with in the local community. We started with a small care home, then we started providing personal care in the community and finally we began to provide a meals on wheel service. More recently, however, we have introduced our ‘Companion Care’.

As we age, circumstances that limit our ability to get together with friends, travel, or drive a car often results in losing touch. For many people, companionship care fills a gap created by growing older. It provides a crucial link for people who live alone and may be isolated from others. Companion Care is an ideal solution for a person who would otherwise spend most of the day alone and for those who require light assistance.

As the name implies, companion care is about providing you or your loved one with emotional support and encouragement to stay as healthy as possible. It’s designed for older people who are generally healthy and who want to remain independent at home. We help our clients stay mentally healthy and alert by engaging in conversation and by assisting and encouraging them to be as physically active as possible. 

Our Companion Care provides a valuable social benefit by decreasing isolation and helping to reduce depression from being alone.  Our Companion Care also provides invaluable peace of mind to our clients, their families and their loved ones by offering information and respite for caregivers.

We match all of our clients to our companion carers by comparing their hobbies and interests, their likes and dislikes. When we first come to meet you to discuss about providing you with companionship care, we will bring with us a portfolio of our companion carers.

We provide a minimum of an hours visit for our companionship care. We find that this allows us to provide a more person centred service. The 1 hour visits also allow our companion carers to spend more time promoting and encouraging the independence of our clients.

What is the role of our Companion Carers?

Our Companions assist others to maintain the highest level of dignity and independent living possible. Companions help out homebound adults by assisting with a range of activities such as shopping, chores, interacting with doctors, or just making a friendly visit.

These non-medical services help make a senior’s life more manageable. Our companions are essentially “eyes and ears” to family members. Most importantly, they act as a friend who listens and cares.

Senior companion can offer assistance in various ways:

Household

  • Food shopping shopping
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping and small repairs (fixing a light bulb)
  • Assist with pet care
  • Help write letters
  • Help fill out forms and applications
  • Find transportation to medical appointments (or escort to appointments)
  • Help with planning and keeping appointments
  • Medication reminders
  • Keep a watchful eye and assist with safety
  • Dusting and vacuuming
  • Help with washing and ironing Make beds and change bed linen
  • Help pick out clothing

Companionship 

  • Contact with the outside world
  • Engage in meaningful conversation and reminiscence
  • Help with planning and transportation to social outings
  • Take incoming phone calls
  • Participate in recreational activities – playing cards, board games, scrap booking
  • Reading aloud
  • Take walks or exercise together
  • Interact with family members to keep them informed of their loved one’s condition.
  • Accompany on days out
  • Participating in hobbies and crafts

All of our Companion Carers, as with our home carers, are local people or have lived in the Over-Wyre area for a number of years. We carry out Enhanced DBS checks on all of our companion carers as well as references. We also provide our companion carers with thorough training as well as specialist training depending on our client’s needs.

Our companion care does not replace the need for personal domiciliary care (or home care).

 

 
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