We are seeking people who are looking for volunteer jobs to become Care & Dementia Companions in the Brimington area of Chesterfield, Derbyshire. No experience is necessary as excellent training is provided, being a car driver is essential.
Due to the nature of our work we have Seniors living in the local community looking for Key Workers in Ashgate, Brampton, Calow, Coal Aston, Dronfield areas Chesterfield. If you do live in any of these local areas, we do have job vacancies for the right people.
You do need to be available some early mornings, lunchtimes, evening and ideally a few hours on a weekend too. I wouldn’t describe this as a job, I would describe it as a vocation.
Who would I be a Paid Volunteer & Befriender to?
Edna is a 89-year-old lady who has lived in her own home since her children were young, she lost her husband 10 years ago but has always stayed independent and outgoing mainly due to her large family, including 15 Grandchildren, and 19 Great Grandchildren. Edna’s family started noticing changes in her behaviour, she was still very much active, but she wasn’t going upstairs she was sleeping on the sofa and you could tell the shower had not been used. She has a set routine, shopping on a Friday, she goes to the hairdressers every Thursday and most days walks into town. If you didn’t know May you would think she was fine, but she is in the early stages of Dementia.
Edna now has a Care & Dementia Companion, they get her up on a morning as she is terrified of the stairs, they also prompt her to wash (if they didn’t, she wouldn’t do it) and prepare her some porridge. They then take her out into town for a few hours some days to do her shopping at Morrisons and she loves her breakfast at Weatherspoon’s (because of the free Tea top-ups).
Her Companion says, “Edna is lovely, with a cheeky sense of humour, she will tell you she doesn’t eat much then demolish a full English breakfast, I love spending time with her, she always has funny tales to tell me and she always says to me “you treat me as a person” which I take as a compliment”.
(Edna is just an example of someone you may support)
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