I feel as though I was part of one of the last generations to experience childhood with limited access to the world of social media. I remember hearing stories of Myspace, but my young mind couldn’t comprehend what this meant. I was too busy devouring books and playing with toys and, besides, we didn’t own a computer until I turned at least twelve.
Faced with a negative public perception fuelled by endless horror stories and poorly paid staff the care sector has a recruitment crisis.
I’ve worked at a number of different companies in my career and something that has always interested me is employee engagement. Since joining everyLIFE I have heard about the challenges that the social care sector faces in recruitment and retention and I can’t help but wonder about employee engagement in the care sector and whether it could help to ease some of the challenges faced.
Similar to the Homesharer scheme, au pairing is another intergenerational live-in scheme available to elderly homeowners, and actually the inspiration for this set of blogs on the topic of loneliness. If I had known before I embarked on my journey as an au pair in Spain that I had the option of being an ‘au pair for seniors’ or ‘au pair companion’, I would have seriously considered it, and probably had a very different experience!
So she died then. My mother, that is. To be fair, she’s been saying that her children would be the death of her for the last 50 years so she was finally right. But it does mean that Morrisons caff will have one less customer, or one more seat available, depending on your outlook on life and death.
Forging meaningful social connections is the obvious route to prevent loneliness. For those living alone, it can be hard to find ways to make those connections. One scheme that is helping tackle this issue is ‘Homesharing’. Programmes enabling homesharing have been around for decades, the first official schemes developing separately throughout Europe (including the UK) in the early 90s, but with limited media coverage. The main reason for the birth of this concept in Spain and Germany was the increasing demand for affordable student accommodation, however their role in preventing loneliness has also become evident.