All carers need to take a break sometimes - this service offers a Support Worker to come to someone's home and be with the cared-for person so the carers can have a break with peace of mind and confidence. Individuals who live alone or need some assistance to get out can also use the service.
Originally called the Sitting Service, this flexible, responsive service now provides Support Workers who will do a range of tasks to support the person they are assisting. The service provides:
respite for carers to ensure they can leave their cared-for person with a caring person who will support them in a range of tasks and activities to suit them
support for disabled people of any age to assist them with general task such as shopping, preparing meals, going out to activities or sharing activities at home
support for isolated older people who need help to undertake activities both at home and out of the home such as going out, playing games, having someone with them to go to an event.
Some of the things the Support Worker can do, include: chatting, playing a game, reading, taking an older person shopping or to the library, going with someone to an event or meeting, or helping someone with a disability to prepare a menu and then cook their evening meal. If you have a particular request, please ask and the service will try to respond positively. No task is too difficult or too simple.
The Support Workers, who have all provided references and all been DBS ( Disclosure & Barring Service - formerly CRB) checked, are a wonderful group of kind, capable, warm and understanding people. You do not have to become an employer to use the service as Carers Together does all the checks and payroll services.
The service is currently available in Winchester District and southern Test Valley and has recently been extended to the Southampton area.
Access to the service is as simple as a telephone call to Carers Together. - You do not have to go through Adult Services (formerly Social Services). - There are no eligibility criteria, only one of need. - There is no client or carer’s assessment. - There is no financial assessment, however there is a charge. There is no restriction on the number of hours required. We provide guidance and support, but no personal care can be undertaken.
The service is usually available any time or day to suit the individual. Exact days and hours are arranged between the person themselves and the Support Worker.
Please feel free to contact the 'Take a break' Team about any help you may need - you may be surprised at what we can do. Please contact us at the main office number Tel: 01794 519495
Vacancies: We are currently seeking new Support Workers for the Take a Break service. If you are a friendly, reliable person who could provide companionship and support please do contact us. This role is flexible - you can work from one hour per week upwards. There is no personal care involved.