I can offer your loved one:
- Responsive and safe companionship
- Care and compassion
- Appointment organisation
- Letter writing
- General household tasks
I can provide you with:
- Reassurance and peace of mind that your loved one’s need for companionship, practical support, attention and distraction is being met/ shared with you
- Greater independence with time and emotional space for you to meet more of your own needs
- Some freedom from strain and stress
My working life has been focused around supporting and enabling people to live fuller lives. I have a background in working with the elderly in both a residential and home setting; with young people with learning and physical challenges and Asperger’s and autism and with adults with mental health and addiction challenges.
As a teenager I was interested working with both the elderly and children and young people. From 15, I was a weekend care assistant in an elderly residential home. I then provided summer camp support to young people with intellectual, emotional and physical challenges and worked as an Au Pair abroad. After university I was a volunteer citizen’s advice worker and then went on to be a TEFL teacher for a few years. Subsequently, I trained in both drug and sexual health awareness providing workshops in East London based schools. After which I trained as Social Worker and worked in the substance misuse field for several years becoming a senior social worker, team leader and supervisor. Once I became a mother to my two children, I was home based and focused on our life as a family and my children’s needs until they both began school at which point, I began to develop my massage and reflexology business, Aloha Therapies.
I had a very close relationship with my much-loved Granny as I was growing up and until she died. I enjoyed the time we spent together sharing our stories and interests and feel grateful for that experience of a close and loving bond. I am again drawn to supporting and enhancing the lives of the elderly and those who are unable to lead full and active lives through companionship, listening and appropriate touch. Touch is a baby’s first experience of loving communication and is an essential lifelong need with a host of emotional and physical benefits associated with it. Warm, attuned, responsive relationships are shown to help support and sometimes alleviate depression, isolation, overwhelm, low mood and despair. I offer both with the aim of improving the quality of an individual’s experience of life. Please don’t hesitate in contacting me for more detailed information should you feel the support I offer may be of benefit.