Welcome to Home Instead Senior Care Sheffield.
We are Bryn and Jill Evans, the husband and wife team, who own and run the Barnsley Home Instead Senior Care office.
Home Instead Senior Care provides affordable non-medical home care services to adults and older people including companionship, home help and personal care. Its homecare service enables individuals to remain independent and avoid residential care homes.
We have lived in Barnsley for the majority of our lives and our 2 children, who went to local schools, still live in the town now that they are adults. We think a family business with a friendly face and great local knowledge is the best way to organise and deliver high quality care at home and to help create sustainable communities inclusive of all ages or disabilities.
We have personal experience of the great difficulties faced by older people and their loved ones. That includes the practical and emotional impacts of long term disability, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia; these are things that have directly affected both Jill’s and my family
Jill has experienced first-hand problems when adults become unable to manage on their own. "My grandfather had dementia and was unable to manage by himself, at the time there were no services available to enable him to stay at home. He was admitted to a residential home where he passed away soon after. I am convinced, had there been a service to help him in his own home with domestic support such as shopping and cooking and his personal care, while keeping his independence, he would have remained happy at home and ultimately lived longer."
We are delighted to be able to provide a non-medical care service of exceptional quality for the older people of the community where we live. The work our team carries out has a positive impact, not only on the people we care for, but also their families and loved ones. This is so very important to us. The best way to sum up our aim is to say that we will only deliver home care services that we would be happy for a member of our own family to receive - and that's our promise.
Home Instead Senior Care
Home Instead helped our family through a very difficult time this summer. Reverend Derek was
diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in Summer 2011, and undertook a programme of Radiotherapy over the following winter. Unfortunately this was unsuccessful and in early June 2012, Derek received confirmation that the cancer had spread aggressively and was now incurable.
Derek was the principal carer for his wife, who has early stage dementia. Their daughter, got in touch with Home Instead following a recommendation from Macmillan nurses, to provide some companionship for his wife, help around the home and to give Derek a break and a rest as he was increasingly housebound. This was a great source of support and comfort for her. As Derek grew progressively weaker, our daughter, and her brothers asked Home Instead to extend their care programme to provide round the clock care for Derek to enable Derek to remain at home during his last days, with care supplemented by Macmillan nurses, Marie Curie Cancer Care and the District
Derek died peacefully at home in August, aged 78, just a year after initially being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, and only just 11 weeks after the cancer was confirmed as incurable. Home Instead provided 24 hour care during the last 10 days.
Derek's son said: “The care, support and sensitivity of all the Home Instead carers was wonderful and they responded very quickly to a rapidly changing situation, with enormous compassion. This meant that the family could be there for both Mum and Dad during Dad's last few days. The care from everyone involved, whether Home Instead, Macmillan, Marie Curie, District Nurses, GPs and specialists was first rate, and Dad died peacefully, at home, with the people he loved. He was at peace with what lay ahead, and it was a real privilege to be with Dad at the end of his life. Dad had written a couple of books, and the carers were such a key part of Dad’s end of life care that we gave each of them a copy of his second book “Oceans of Life” so that they could see what Dad was like before his illness, as a thank you for their support and compassion. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Service for Dad at Emmanuel Church Barnsley where around 300 family and friends gave thanks for Dad’s life - fittingly some of the Home Instead Carers were there. The collection at the Thanksgiving Service raised £1,500 split between the family’s chosen charities – Macmillan Nurses and the Barnsley Hospice.”
Derek's wife is now very settled at Christian Care Home in Kexbrough, where she continues to receive wonderful care is a safe, warm and loving care home. - Derek's Son Paul