Faced with a negative public perception fuelled by endless horror stories and poorly paid staff the care sector has a recruitment crisis.
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.
Every year, the Surrey Care Awards recognises and celebrates the exceptional contributions made by individuals and teams within Surrey’s care workforce. Have you identified staff you’d like nominate for the Awards yet?
The NCF Managers Conference is all about the power of the Manager. Attend this event and listen to speakers such as:
Kate Terroni, Chief Inspector Adult Social Care, CQC – CONFIRMED
Joanne Bosanquet MBE, Chief Executive, FoNS – CONFIRMED
Sophie Coultard, The Road to Outstanding – CONFIRMED
Vic Rayner, Executive Director, NCF – CONFIRMED
Beth Britton, Social Care Campaigner, Consultant, Writer & Blogger – CONFIRMED
Eleanor Smith MP, Co-Chair, Adult Social Care APPG on Social Care – CONFIRMED
Susie Finlayson, CEO, Power to Change – CONFIRMED
Kirsty Woodard, Founder, Ageing Without Children