Carers Bromley understands the importance of companionship; the assurance of another person being present can reduce stress dramatically and alleviate loneliness. The Sitting and Companionship Service provides essential support for unpaid carers in the Bromley borough.
The service aims to give carers the opportunity to gain a little time for themselves, by providing regular companionship and practical support to the person they care for at a reasonable cost.
How would a sitter benefit me?
As a carer, you can use this time to have a well-earned break - time to relax, pursue your own interests, spend time with other family members, attend your medical appointments, attend a Carer Support Group, and much more. For the cared-for person, the sitters, in addition to providing companionship, can also provide assistance to and from appointments or social engagements. For example, GP appointments, providing company for a walk, helping to pursue hobbies and interests, and/or simply having someone there to talk to and who will listen.
When are the sitters available?
The Sitting and Companionship Service offers a range of flexible sitting services that can be provided during the day, evening, weekend or bank holiday for any length of time between 8am and 11pm. The service is available to any cared-for person aged over 18 years, living in the Bromley borough. There is an hourly charge for this service, which includes the sitter’s travel costs.
How much does it cost?
The current rates (from 1st March 2017) are:
• £8.50 per hour (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm)
• £9.60 per hour weekend and evenings (6pm to 11pm)
• £12.30 per hour Bank Holidays
Are the sitters trustworthy?
The sitters are fully insured and police checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service and meet regularly for training sessions.
Is there anything a sitter cannot do?
Please note our sitters are unable to provide personal care (including help with feeding), manual handling, administer medication or prepare meals (although light snacks or heating food are acceptable).
How do I access the service?
To access the service, you will need to complete an application form which will ask for information about you and the person you care for including any health issues they may have, what other support they receive, etc.
To find out more about the Sitting and Companionship Service, please call the Carers Helpline 0800 015 7700.