Companionship Care

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We all know that eating well, exercise and getting enough sleep can help us live well, but social interaction and companionship is just as important.

That’s why our companion care service is so warmly received.

At Nayland Care, we believe that how our clients feel is important to their overall wellbeing. That’s why all our services have an element of companion care. Whether our home carers are there to help with household tasks or personal care, you’ll benefit from a meaningful human connection.

We passionately believe that nobody should feel lonely. Yes, circumstances change and regular opportunities for social engagement lessen, but the need for social interaction doesn’t disappear. If anything, the need for companionship becomes greater.

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Carefully chosen carers

That’s where our carers step in. In offering companionship care, we carefully choose a carer we know you’ll enjoy spending time with and chatting to. Someone who’ll be happy to pop to town with you, accompany you to social appointments, go on country walks or simply stay in for the day.

We’re kind and considerate with our companion care. We’re guided by you on how you would like to spend your time with us, but we’ll also come up with new suggestions too.

It may be that you want somebody to go shopping with once a week or perhaps you would like us to spend a couple of mornings or afternoons with you. Our companionship care services can be as flexible as you wish.

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What our home care clients say

Testimonials

A big thank you to everyone who cared for our husband and dad, Patrick. We appreciate everything you did to make his life easier and to help him stay in his home. A special thanks goes to Pauline who made him smile every morning when she visited.

Barbara & Daughter -

To all the carers who looked after Jean, many thanks for the wonderful care you gave her. You all became part of the ‘family’ and we miss you all. You should all be proud!

Jan & Stuart -

A very sincere thank you on behalf of my friend Anne. As you know, she never wanted carers but by the end she always said how lucky she was to have such kind, caring people looking after her. She saw you as her friends and you made all the difference in her last days.

Gill - Friend of Anne

Bob has been my carer for some time now. He is kind and considerate. When he arrives, he has always got a smile for you. Nothing is too much trouble. He has listened to my problems. The day would not be the same without him.

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A renewed sense
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Living with a disability is challenging but with Nayland Care on board, our lives are so much easier and enjoyable. Nayland Care are not just our care team, they are most definitely our friends – a friendship that goes above and beyond our expectations.

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Your companion care options

For most of our clients, companionship care forms part of their overall individual care plan. However, it could be that you are happy to attend to your own personal care and household needs and simply want a bit of company. Someone you look forward to welcoming into your home as a friendly face.

Although not an exhaustive list, our companion care services usually involve some or all of the following:

  • Visiting new and familiar places
  • Assistance with shopping
  • Accompanying to social appointments
  • Discovering new interests
  • Encouragement with forming new friendships
  • Or simply a good chat and cuppa tea

Each companion care plan is delivered by personable and highly-qualified carers who promise to take an active interest in you as a person and offer their support and encouragement.

Many of our home carers have also received specialist training in caring for people with complex care needs, which means we can safely accompany you.

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Your care at home funding options

Whether you receive care funding from your local authority, the NHS or are completely self-funding us as a private healthcare service, you’ll receive the same level of care.

Our highly experienced home care team will carry out a full care needs assessment to create an agreed care at home plan. As part of this process, you will also be assessed to see how much you can afford to pay towards the cost of services and whether your care needs could be met by the local authority.

If you have eligible needs, the local authority has a duty of care to meet those needs, but it can charge for services. Alternatively, you may be eligible for NHS funding (if your care needs meet specific criteria) or choose to privately fund your care. Either way, we will create a support plan that carefully takes your finances into account.

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NHS Continuing Healthcare

For clients with complex or palliative healthcare needs who meet specific criteria, the NHS can fund the support of Nayland Care as part of a continuing healthcare package of care.

Financial help from social services

If the council has assessed you, and agreed you need care and support, you will then be means-tested to see how much you need to contribute, if anything, and how much the council will pay.

Personal Budgets

Depending on where you live, you might be able to use a personal budget; another way in which your local council may pay towards any social care and support you need. It is designed to give you more choice.

Allocated Allowances

If you’re 65 or over and need help with personal care tasks, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance (AA). If you’re under 65 and need care and support, you may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Privately funded care

If you’re not eligible for local authority financial support, you’ll have to fund your own home care. Of course, we’ll always look for the most cost-effective way to meet your care needs.

Next steps

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Whilst our head office is based in Ipswich, we offer companionship care in Tiptree, Nayland, Stowmarket, Bacton, Needham Market, Claydon, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Framlingham, Saxmundham, Aldeburgh, Leiston and neighbouring villages. Please reach out to us on 01473 550481 or email admin@naylandcare.com

We’ll happily provide you with further information on our approach to companionship care and the difference our support will make to your life or that of a loved one.

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Companionship Care FAQs

What is companionship care?

Home care is not always just about a person’s medical and personal care needs. It is also about having someone to talk to and accompany you when out and about; a confidant who supports you with your hobbies and interests and enables you to do the things you love.

Companionship care, often referred to as companion care, is a great source of comfort, especially where a person may feel lonely or isolated. As a friendly, familiar face, your carer can take you places you want to visit, support you around the house, or even share memories over a cup of coffee.

Visits can be as frequent and for as long as you like and can be very much a highlight of your week. The best thing is, with a caring companion by your side, you’ll be able to enjoy life and even discover new hobbies and places of interest.

What are companionship services?

At Nayland Care, we take a person-centred approach to home care, which is why all our services offer an element of companionship care. This is because we are passionate about matching you with the right carer – someone who we know you will enjoy spending time with.

Companionship care is not always part of a blended home care plan though. Often, the service is the only one required since it can have a positive impact on somebody struggling with loneliness.

Usually companionship services offer company – whether that’s an afternoon reminiscing in the garden or a morning walking along the coastline. The choice is yours. Your carer will be guided on what you wish to do. If you have a social event but would like someone to take you there and accompany you, your carer will be happy to do so. And if you have specific medical challenges, they are expertly trained to help. Likewise, your carer can help with running errands such as shopping, going to the post office and taking you to the doctors.

What are the benefits of companionship care?

Most people say that as they age, or their illness progresses, they would like to stay at home, but not at the expense of feeling lonely or isolated. That’s where companionship care comes in.

Companionship care can meet multiple challenges at once. It can:

• Provide practical assistance with everyday errands (shopping and paying bills)
• Promote friendship and emotional support
• Reduce isolation and improve social interaction
• Give respite to family members, giving them a chance to recharge and relax

Since companionship care has its roots in helping the whole person, it can be really liberating. For people struggling to leave the house, a few hours of companionship each week, can be incredibly beneficial to their overall health.

How do you get started with companionship care?

Nayland Care makes it very easy to get started with companionship care. When you contact us, we will schedule a free consultation with you and a family member (if you wish). Following this consultation, we will create a person-centred companionship care plan, taking into account your wishes, needs, and affordability.

Once we have developed your care plan, we will match you with a carer who we know will be a great fit for you; someone you’ll enjoy the company of and who you can trust to care for you.

What is the difference between companion care and personal care?

It is easy to confuse the two if you are new to home care services. However, companion care is where the carer is there to offer companionship – sharing in conversation, accompanying you shopping, visiting a garden centre, or taking you swimming etc... They are there to help you fulfil your emotional and social needs.

Personal care, on the other-hand, is about providing you with physical assistance with activities such as bathing and dressing. Although, there is always an element of companionship care with any Nayland Care home care plan.