The Importance and Fulfillment of Companionship Care

At Home Instead Birmingham, we provide all aspects of care to a variety of different clients in the Birmingham area, including personal care, palliative care, home help services, and specialist Alzheimer’s and dementia care. On the surface, most people like to think that they know what these areas of care involve, and can seek out these services if a loved one requires them, but at Home Instead Birmingham, we believe that caring should be about more than just providing the services that are needed.

You might have heard about companionship services as something that can help to alleviate feelings of loneliness in older people, but we believe that companionship should be something that comes naturally to every CAREGiver, no matter what other care services they might be providing. We believe so strongly in this, that we take the time to match each and every one of CAREGivers to the clients they will be working with. We look at common interests and personality traits to ensure that our CAREGivers and their clients have the best possible foundation on which they can build a trusting and genuine friendship.

Companionship involves more than just having a chat over a cup of tea, although that can be exactly what is needed sometimes, and focuses on enriching the lives of our clients. Getting to know them well and learning about their lives means that our CAREGivers can make plans with them and take them to places that they might not get to visit or experience very often at all.

As long as the client and their families are happy, there is almost no limit to the experiences and activities our CAREGivers can arrange for them.

For example, one of our clients, Mr A, is a resident of an independent facility, and our CAREGiver will visit him three times. They have a great relationship and share many common interests, so they will often go out to the cinema, and attend any family parties or events together. They are also both bike enthusiast and will often visit the motorcycle showrooms so Mr A can have a good look at the new models.

One of our clients, Mr J, has learning difficulties, and his CAREGiver will visit him in the week for all kinds of activities, such as bowling, going out for lunch, or even going to the pub for the occasional pint. Mr J’s CAREGiver also arranges short weekend caravan trips for him, and over the years his CAREGiver has taken Mr J to a variety of UK holiday spots. This is such a great experience for Mr J, as it allows him to see more of the country, meet new people, and experience much needed independence.

Mrs R is one of our dementia clients, and we see her everyday to support her with day-to-day activities around the house, but Mrs R really loves to play scrabble. She loves the company of her CAREGivers, and enjoys challenging them to regular games of scrabble, although they are all becoming too afraid to play her as she keeps beating them with very high word scores! When not humiliating her CAREGivers on the scrabble board, they also like to help her with her garden.

It goes without saying that everyone in need of care is an individual, and should be treated as such, which is why we always deliver person-centred care. Listening to our clients and getting to know them on a personal level enables every one of our CAREGivers to provide a better service and make a difference to the lives of their clients on so many different levels. Arranging experiences and activities mean that our clients can maintain their sense of independence and individuality, and stay healthy and active for as long as possible.

Find out more about becoming a CAREGiver at Home Instead Birmingham on our website here, or call us to apply now on 01214 565559.

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