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.
Last month saw the publication by the Care Quality Commission of its major annual report, the State of Care. This comprehensive and detailed research takes the pulse of the nation’s health and social care sectors, outlining, amongst other things, how services have improved or deteriorated in terms of care quality.
everyLIFE announced as a winner at the 2019 Leaders in Care Awards earlier this month following a gala dinner and awards ceremony in Birmingham.
The positive image of care can so be often ignored, but an exhibition at the Care Show at the NEC Birmingham in October revealed the true face of care, the one that should be making headlines.