Utilising a spare room in your house for a carefully selected person who would provide support and companionship
There is no exchange of money between the two parties.
The householder would provide a room for the tenant.
The tenant would commit to spending at least two evenings with the person needing support to be agreed by both parties.
Whilst negotiable it would be expected the tenant would buy their own food.
There would be a one-off fee to identify a tenant and it would be expected there would be a minimum of one monthly monitoring/review undertaken to ensure both parties are happy with the arrangement and address any concerns; there would be fee for this.
Support is provided within another person’s household
The person needing support would move into another person’s/family home and live with them as a member of the household. Many people who need support to live their lives prefer the idea of living with others with whom they can take time to get to know and with whom they can build a meaningful and enduring relationship.
All households and those living in it are carefully recruited.
Support can be provided on an hourly basis in the persons own home between the hours of 8 am and 10 pm
The number of hours and the frequency of the hours would be agreed in advance and increased or reduced as required.
This person would not sleep over at the house.
This person would not be available on an on-call basis outside of the agreed hours.
(both of these options could be provided as an alternative provision)
All individual workers are carefully recruited and vetted.
Social care and support could include:
- Sharing a meal/coffee at home or out
- Managing bills and other important correspondence
- Arranging appointments
- Continuing specific interests or hobbies
- Keeping contact with friends and family
- Going shopping
- Preparing and cooking meals
- Gardening, housework, and house maintenance
It may be beneficial for:
- Maintaining a semblance of normal everyday life
- Maintaining independence
- Maintaining familiar contacts and surrounding
- Reducing the risk of increased vulnerability
- Providing someone to talk to
- Provide reassurance that someone is around or will be around
- Reduce loneliness and isolation
- Keeping safe
- Preventing boredom
- Staying occupied
- Keeping a sense of self and identity
- Regaining confidence
The person supporting would not provide personal care, intimate care, or health care, but this can be sourced separately.
Individuals involved in providing support and companionship will be English speaking. The support provided is as detailed above and is not a personal carer or health carer. A contract of understanding will be agreed prior to the service starting.