80% of older people say a helping hand at home improves their quality of life

A recent survey by Age UK Notts shows that people who have help at home with everyday tasks such as cleaning, shopping and laundry feel their quality of life has really improved. The charity found that by offering a helping hand they enabled people to spend more time with their loved ones and doing things that enjoy. Equally many older people find they are no longer able to complete these tasks to the best of their ability.

With this in mind, the charity has launched a Home Help service to offer relief to older people who need a little help around the house. For an hourly charge a Home Help can assist with everyday tasks including cleaning, shopping, laundry, ironing, light meal preparation and carers’ sitting.

Age UK older people NOTTSJust like thousands of people throughout the country, Robert is the sole carer for his spouse. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for over seventy years, thirty years of which Robert has been caring for her full time. Robert’s caring responsibilities mean that he doesn’t have the capacity to do everyday jobs such as cleaning and shopping. His limited time to complete routine tasks started to have a negative impact on their quality of life.

Following a recommendation from a friend, Robert decided to get in touch with the cleaning and shopping services of Age UK Notts. Robert and Mary are now visited a couple of times a week by a Home Help who assists them to clean their house and do their shopping. Robert is now able to spend more time caring for and being with Mary and less time worrying about everyday tasks.

Robert and Mary not only personally benefitted but their custom has also had a wider positive impact as any surplus from the Home Help service go towards helping vulnerable older people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

For more information, please call our Home Support team on 0115 952 5331 or 01623 488 218.