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Real stories and the latest news

Real-life stories and the latest news

Learn more about how we’re supporting thousands of individuals – of all ages – to stay in their own homes and live the lives they choose.

Adventures with my customer in Godalming

Megan, a carer from our Guildford & Godalming branch, provides regular support and companionship to Julia. Care is so much more than just providing practical assistance; it’s about ensuring both mental and physical wellbeing are catered for, and this is exactly what is demonstrated by their relationship. Here, she describes how they enjoyed a day […]

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A day out with my customer in Guildford

Michelle, a visiting care from our Guildford & Godalming branch, provides care for a gentleman with dementia once a week. They don’t do anything particularly special, but she simply helps him to get out and about in the local community to ensure he gets everything he needs. It’s often the little things that make a […]

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Living with dementia: Ken’s story

Ken was diagnosed with vascular dementia following a stroke in 2015. He began receiving visiting support from our Sheffield branch in 2018 after he fell in the changing rooms following his regular swimming sessions. “I’ve been going swimming regularly since 2014, but after some time it became a problem. When I got into the changing […]

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Live-in carer Sacha rides for refugees

One of the great things about being a live-in carer with Helping Hands is that you are able to support a customer for several weeks and then have time off between placements to see family, go on holiday or even spend time doing some fundraising, which is exactly what one of our live-in carers decided […]

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Helping a customer with dementia in Basingstoke

One of the carers at the Basingstoke branch has gone above and beyond the call of duty for a customer living with dementia. Carer Louise spent some of her care calls exploring the places her customer had travelled to in his younger years via Google Maps. As Louise’s customer struggled to navigate his way around […]

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Ways to celebrate your birthday with your carer

Celebrating a birthday is often full of a mixture of emotions. It’s lovely to see family and friends, be wished ‘Happy Birthday’ by others and it’s quite nice to be made a fuss of with presents and cards. On the other hand, it can be quite a stressful and overwhelming experience, especially if you’re reaching […]

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Why pets are the perfect companion for the elderly

There is very little that compares to the unconditional love of a pet. Whether they’re a loving Labrador, a purring Persian or a beautiful budgie; pets are more than just an animal that we look after – they are family. There are many different benefits to having a pet later in life. Studies have found […]

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