Society is constantly changing and although families, on the whole, remain close and loving, the days when older people automatically relied on younger relatives are long gone.
This is a two-way thing and while work commitments or geographical location mean the younger generations are no longer on hand the way they once were, there’s also the fact that retired people take pride in retaining their independence and leading a life of their own.
It’s not always that straightforward, however, and that’s where the service offered by Home Instead Senior Care East Northants, based in Higham Ferrers, becomes increasingly valuable.
Founded earlier this year by Mark Darnell and Elaine Lomax, Home Instead offers social and companionship care that covers almost any activity that a person might find difficult to cope with on their own, either because of infirmity or simply because of the need for company.
“Our service is not medical care, our carers can’t administer medicines or change dressings, but we can provide someone who calls each day to make sure a client remembers to take their pills, or to take them to a doctor’s or hospital appointment, or do some light housework, or cook a meal,” said Mark Darnell. “Times have changed and where once a relative would call in on an elderly person to make sure they were OK, we can take on that role. Older people take pride in remaining independent and in their own homes, but sometimes they need support and we can facilitate that. So it might be to help someone get up and dressed and showered, or maybe to help them develop a new hobby, or simply to assist them in filling in forms or paying bills.
Anything that we can do to make sure someone enjoys staying in their own home for as long as possible, we will try to do.”
Home Instead offers care for the elderly, and also for younger people who need care, including respite care when relatives are away, or need a break.