Helping Old Friends provides new companionship service

For many elderly people, living alone is an isolating experience. One which can have a detrimental effect on their mental and physical health. But help is at hand, thanks to a new organisation – Helping Old Friends.

Based in West Swindon and covering the whole of the surrounding Swindon area, Helping Old Friends offers friendship and companionship to older people living alone. And practical help too.

‘We realised there was a need for a service providing, above all, companionship to people who, find themselves living alone and isolated,’ said founder Katrina Simms. Katrina has more than 25 years’ experience working in the elderly care sector.

Companionship Service Helps Old Friends - Katrina Simms
Katrina Simms

Meeting a need

We realised there was a need for a service providing, above all, companionship to people who, find themselves living alone and isolated,’ said founder Katrina Simms. Katrina has more than 25 years’ experience working in the elderly care sector.

Helping Old Friends also gives peace of mind to families who may not be able to visit as often as they would like. As well as providing home visits, the company can install equipment, with different levels of monitoring.

‘The equipment is Internet of Things enabled and reports to a dashboard, flagging up any out-of-the-ordinary events, so we can step in to help fast’.

Katrina is now looking for more companions to join. They need no experience and they don’t deliver any personal care or assist with medication. They do though need their own vehicle.

‘We’re looking for caring and compassionate people with a wealth of life experiences and skills to join us, who can relate to the ageing process. No experience necessary but lots of heart required.’

To find out more

For more information about Helping Old Friends – whether you are an elderly person, or a family member looking for help, or you’re interested in becoming a companion – call 01793 550895.

Or email katrina@helpingoldfriends.co.uk or visit http://helpingoldfriends.co.uk/