New Horizons Support Services social companionship service gives you the support you need to live independently, providing you with the assistance of a Healthcare Assistant/Support Worker at times to suit your convenience.
Our social companionship service is most suited to individuals who will benefit from having the reassurance that someone is there with them to offer support when it is needed. It also provides peace of mind for family members who are unable to regularly visit, as they know their loved one is being cared for.
The comfort we feel in our home is like no other. It is the place that you feel most relaxed and happy. However, as family members grow up and move in to their own homes, you may find your house isn’t as busy as it once was, and there aren’t as many people around to give you that extra hand when you need it.
Our Carers, who are carefully selected to match your personality and requirements, will provide company and conversation, as well as providing support with household and social activities. Your service is tailored to your requirements and can be adapted to meet your changing needs. We will also arrange for you to meet your Carer before your care package commences to ensure that you are happy.
Our services are accessible to individuals with mild/moderate needs to those who require specialist support and can be funded privately or if arrangements are in place through Health & Social Services funding.
New Horizons are Approved Providers of Short Breaks Respite Services for Children, Outreach Short Breaks Respite Services for Adults and Home Care Services with The States of Jersey and so you may be able to apply for funding for these services.
Social Companionship FAQs
How will you select the right Carer for me?
We will carry out a full assessment of your care requirements and also get to know your personality and preferences. This process enables us to ensure that we pick a Carer who not only has the relevant qualifications, training and experience but also is someone who you are likely to enjoy spending time with. Once we have identified appropriate Carers to provide your service, we will give you the opportunity to meet with them in order to ensure you are completely happy for your care service to commence.
Will my Carer help me with my pets?
Whilst our Carers will do everything they can to support you, we cannot guarantee support with your pets. If you do require help with looking after your pets, we will do our utmost to match you with a Carer who feel comfortable doing so.
What if I only need someone to pop in and make sure I am OK?
We are able to provide Carers to come and spend time with you, just to chat with you and make sure you’re comfortable. Unfortunately we are not able to provide support for durations less than 1/2 hour. Our minimum duration of visit depends on your care requirements, should you require short visits, please contact a member of our Care at Home Team who will be able to advise exactly how we can support you.
What Is Included In The Service?
As part of our social companionship service, your Carer will spend time with you, whether that is spent sitting and chatting, looking through old family albums, watching television, or going out for short walks, they will be able to provide the company and reassurance that you need. Having someone to sit and reminisce with may be just the thing you need to brighten up your day.
If you have trouble keeping track of what you need to do and when, your Carer can support you with your daily routine. They can provide you with reminders to do things, such as when to take your medication, to attend Doctors appointments, to write Birthday cards, to feed the dog and many other useful things that help you to remain independent.
Day Trips Out
In addition to helping you with short day-to-day outings, your Carer will be happy to accompany you on day trips, allowing you and your family to relax, safe in the knowledge that you are getting the personal attention you require whilst out on your trip.
Whether you are planning a trip to a museum or a trip to a local park, our Carers will support you whilst you are out of your home. They can also assist you with making travel arrangements and transporting mobility equipment, should you need it.
Wherever possible, we will encourage you to engage in social activities. That may be to attend a local club, or to meet with friends for a chat and a cup of tea. Your Carer will be on hand to support you whenever needed.
If you are simply seeking the reassurance of having someone visit your home to check you have everything that you need, we offer a flexible service with tailored visit-lengths which can be adapted to suit your needs. This can be with a carer visiting 2 or 3 times per week instead of daily, or using their time to help you with other duties such as domestic chores or trips to the community, this ensures you get the most from our your time with your carer and a care plan than works for you.
Whether your care is paid for by private or public funds, we can deliver high quality Social Companionship Services to you, tailored to your individual requirements.The cost of our Social Companionship Services start from £24.00 per hour, information on funding through The Long Term Care Scheme can be found here.
To find out more about our Social Companionship Service, please contact our dedicated Home Care team on 01534 888826 or via our contact us page.