Close to Hand Blogs


Living with chronic illness and remaining independent at home link

Living with chronic illness and remaining independent at home

Almost all of us will seek the help of others at some point in our life for support with everyday tasks – after having a baby, recovering from surgery or as we slow down with age. Dipping energy levels, loss of mobility and feelings of loneliness are

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Q&A with Silke Thistlewood of Nourish to Thrive link

Q&A with Silke Thistlewood of Nourish to Thrive

Q&A with Silke Thistlewood of Nourish to Thrive, who helps overwhelmed and time starved mums regain calm and capability through realistic self-care and stress management tools

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Q&A with local home helper and mum of two link

Q&A with local home helper and mum of two

Mum of two and Home Helper Emma shares her experiences of her work, how it fits in with her family life and how she feels the service benefits new mums who could do with a helping hand.

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Fresh to your door link

Fresh to your door

Planning, shopping and cooking fresh meals is a trial if you are too busy or unable to cook meals from scratch. The Food Spa can help with local delivery of freshly made meals.

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Loneliness in new mothers link

Loneliness in new mothers

Feeling lonely and isolated might be the last thing you’d expect to feel as a new mum. Accepting some help and companionship can have a positive impact on your mental and physical wellbeing.

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Equity Release link

Equity Release

Each year thousands of people use part of the equity in their home to help their financial situation. Read information to explain a bit more about Equity Release and who it can benefit.

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Help and support at home following the arrival of a newborn link

Help and support at home following the arrival of a newborn

Are you balancing the needs of a newborn with running a household and could do with an extra pair of hands? Here’s how Close to Hand can help.

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Close to Hand is expanding  link

Close to Hand is expanding

Close to Hand is going from strength to strength. The online community, originally launched to connect older people with local home helpers, is naturally evolving to provide help to people at every stage of their life as and when they need it.

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Home help following a fall or surgery link

Home help following a fall or surgery

Hear from one of our Home Helpers on her own experience of looking for ad hoc help around the house after a skiing accident left her unable to carry out day-to-day tasks.

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