With demand growing from people looking for support to stay independent in their own homes as they age, from October, St Christopher’s Personal Care service is expanding its services to include services such as help getting out and about, companionship and assistance with appointments as well as care at home.
The UK’s population is ageing and as we live longer, and often develop more complex medical needs, many people need additional help to stay independent and keep their wish to remain living at home. Maintaining interests, getting the shopping done and getting out and about are as important to wellbeing as help with medication and daily routines. For many people, living well in older age is about doing as much as possible for yourself, but being able to call on someone for help when it’s needed.
St Christopher’s Personal Care visited me daily. They were absolutely brilliant. They put me at ease immediately.
Shelagh McDonugh, 84, is a
retired school teacher from Lambeth, who received support at home after an
admission to hospital in May. Shelagh says, “I was feeling very poorly and when
I left hospital I needed someone to come and help me every day. It was very
difficult to find such help quickly and the hospital didn’t want me to leave
until they knew someone was there to care for me. St Christopher’s Personal
Care arranged care for me within 24 hours.
“When I came home St
Christopher’s Personal Care visited me daily. They were absolutely brilliant.
They put me at ease immediately; I had been apprehensive because I’d never needed
personal care before. They could sense how I was feeling and if I was having a
bad day. They’ve opened me up to being able to accept help when I need it.”
Jan Noble, Registered Manager at St Christopher’s Personal Care, explains, “We’re proud that having provided quality personal care in people’s homes for over five years, many of our clients were so pleased that they were asking if we could give them extra support, like help getting to an appointment or taking them to the shops. This is something that people really want and value, and by offering we can allow people to stay independent as they age and have a better sense of wellbeing and quality of life.”
St Christopher’s Personal Care staff are based and trained at the hospice and supervised by Registered Nurses who provide expert advice. Specific training is also given in conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s.
Any profits from St Christopher’s Personal Care service are returned directly to the hospice, to support its ongoing charitable work.