Monday, 9 March 2015

Domestic Angels – Helping to keep your loved ones at home

Bournemouth and Poole based Domestic Angels is re-launching and repositioning its Home Help service as they find that the need for this type of care in the home is growing at a pace and also coming under discussion on a political platform.

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt was quoted in his statement on the future of the NHS in December 2014 as saying, "Models of care need to be more suited for an ageing population, where growing numbers of vulnerable older people need support to live better at home with long term conditions like dementia, diabetes and arthritis. To do this we need to focus on prevention as much as cure: helping people stay healthy without allowing illnesses to deteriorate to the point they need expensive hospital treatment. The condition/cleanliness of a person's home directly impacts on their well-being both mentally and physically. By securing home help/housework assistance at an early stage, probably before carers are even involved, deterioration of mental health can be avoided which in turn reduces the demise of general health. "

Samantha Acton, Director of Domestic Angels added, "Domestic Angels has been helping people in their homes since 2002 and has noticed a growth in the need for its Home Help services as an ageing population increases."

Sam continued, "The role of Home Help is not a nurse or a chef; Domestic Angels plugs the gaps not covered by nursing and care professionals whilst giving clients basic human kindness and contact, keeping them connected, independent in their own homes and able to retain their dignity."

Domestic Angels Team Leader, Lisa Cooper, commented, "The family of an existing elderly client initially called us concerned that their Mum wasn't eating or keeping a routine. We established a service of 3 visits a day, preparing simple meals and keeping the client company whilst she ate. The visits also gave us enough time to keep the housework in check and pick up shopping and prescriptions. Essentially we were doing what the relatives would like to have done themselves had they been living near- by and not in full time employment."

Anyone interested in securing the services of Domestic Angels is urged to contact