What’s on Where Guide to combat elderly loneliness
A guide to local activities which will encourage local people to get out and about has been launched by local Chester business owners, Chris and Sue Broadbent.
The guide, called the WOW Guide (What’s on Where), has been compiled by Chris and Sue over the past few months as the caring duo visited or heard about local groups and organisations which might be of interest to the clients of their homecare business, Home Instead Senior Care.
To date Chris and Sue have printed 5000 of the guide and they are now available across the area, covering activities in Chester and Ellesmere Port.
Speaking about their motivation to produce the Guides, Chris said, “My day job is all about arranging care for elderly people. But it’s not all about getting people out of bed or getting them washed and bathed.
“This sort of task-based care is part of our service but what makes us different is the companionship and social stimulation that our caregivers, who are matched to their clients based on shared interests, provide.
“In researching things going on in our local area that caregivers could accompany clients to, or that clients could attend in their own time, I realised just how active our local area is. And then I had the idea to share the information more widely, and that’s where the WOW Guide came in.
“As you can imagine, local groups are delighted to see their coffee mornings, lunch clubs, dance classes and support groups publicised so it’s a win win situation. The groups will benefit, our clients and caregivers benefit and so do others in the area.
“Indeed, although the elderly were behind the idea, the majority of listed activities welcome people of all ages!”
For more information and to obtain a copy of the WOW Guide, contact Chris or Sue at Home Instead Senior Care in Chester on 01244 851744 or visit http://www.homeinstead.co.uk/chester