Few of us want to admit that we're slowing down, let alone ask for help, but it's difficult to argue against the benefits of having a little support and companionship at home to make life easier and happier.
Home Helpers can offer friendship and support with tasks that can build up and become increasingly tricky to do on your own, like housework, shopping and chores. It's the social aspect of having help with these jobs that can offer a lifeline; there's somebody there to have a chat to at home or out-and-about, share the small stuff with and a cup of tea.
Don't fall into the trap of waiting until crisis point before seeking support at home. As we become less able we still want to have as good a life as possible for as long as possible, so why not look to extend your independence with a Home Helper.
Close to Hand was set up in Tunbridge Wells because the founders recognised that there was a real gap in providing support for independent older people in their own homes before they need advanced care. We understand that it's having somebody local to 'pop-in' for a chat and to assist with everyday tasks like collecting a prescription, taking the dog for a walk or helping you get on top of your paperwork that would make a difference to your day.
Close to Hand is different to other care agencies in Tunbridge Wells; in fact, it isn’t a care agency at all, but an online community that enables you to build a network of local contacts who can support you or your loved one. Begin by viewing the Home Helpers listed in your area by typing ‘Tunbridge Wells’ into the search box at the top of this page; to see their full profiles you will need to first register with the site and tell us your requirements.
It may be that you want regular help on set days each week or a pair of extra hands now and again. In each case you can post a job on the Close to Hand website giving as much detail as possible as to what help you need and when. Connect with as many Home Helpers as you like through the site – you may find that you prefer to have several people calling in, each able to help with different tasks. For example, if you’d like a Home Helper to cook for you and do the gardening, but you can’t find an individual to do both, then you can approach more than one person or post several different jobs.
All initial contact with a Home Helper takes place through our secure online messaging system and then when you are ready you can exchange contact details.
Just as we choose our friends, perhaps the most important aspect of selecting the right Tunbridge Wells Home Help is personality and shared interests; be sure to include your hobbies and what you love doing most in life, in your job post. Care agencies, which many people still assume are their only option, rarely enable you to choose your own carer.
Home Helpers can act as a valuable link to the outside world and enable your continued enjoyment in the things in life important to you.
“Our Home Helper started yesterday and it went well. She’s local to us so this is a real bonus. Close to Hand has worked really well for me, so thanks. It’s difficult time for my parents right now and having a Home Helper has made things a little easier.”
Daughter of Client, Tunbridge Wells