Caring, or being cared for, can be lonely and socially isolating at times. Many people may not live near their families, or might not be able to go out and attend social groups or classes like they used to. However social interaction through companionship can help, and can be an important factor in preventing carers, and those they care for, from feeling lonely or isolated.

What is Companionship at Home?

The dictionary definition of companionship is ‘the enjoyment of spending time with other people’. For someone with care needs, Companionship at Home isn’t physical care but having someone who can pop over on a regular basis to spend time with them. They could simply have a chat about their favourite movies, enjoy playing a game of cards, or go out for a walk around the park together.

What are the benefits of Companionship?

Having a friendly ear to talk to or someone to spend time with can really put a smile on the face of someone with care needs and help their wellbeing. It can also help a cared for person regain some independence and boost self-esteem.

Companionship also benefits the carer too, as it allows them to have a well-earned rest or enable them to do the things that they enjoy doing such as hobbies or exercise. This in turn can benefit their own mental health and wellbeing which is so important when they are caring.

Would you like to be a Companionship at Home volunteer?

If you can spare a few hours each week to help someone with care needs we’re looking for volunteers who can engage the cared-for person in conversation or activities such as puzzles, games, crosswords, sudoku, garden centre visits or coffee shop trips. All volunteers will be given full training. You can find out more about volunteering with Crossroads Care Surrey here.

Interested in companionship?

If you’re interested in companionship for yourself, or you’re a carer and the person you care for could benefit please get in touch. Our team will find out what your needs are and any interests or hobbies, and make sure you are matched up with a volunteer that shares your interests. We can also offer telephone befriending services, which may be an alternative for those who are not initially comfortable with having a home visit. You can call us on 01372 869970 or email enquiries@crossroadscaresurrey.org.uk

To read more about our services and companionship in the home, click here.