Care never stops, and Side by Side Care’s dedicated team of care givers will be visiting clients across the festive period. In fact, we cover 365 days each year to make sure that people based in their own homes around Crewe and Nantwich always receive the support they need.
Christmas is an important time for everyone. It’s a period of celebration, when great memories are made, and a time when friends and family come together. This isn’t possible for everyone, and loneliness is a huge issue – often for the elderly.
Everyone can help, and communities should pull together to ensure nobody is left isolated at a time of year that should be enjoyed by all.
Car share the big shop!
Imagine struggling home with bulky presents and bags of veg for the holiday period! For people with limited movement, the frail or bed-bound, having to get out and about can be extra stressful. For some, using technology and the Internet is also not possible, so online ordering that many take for granted isn’t an option.
So if you’re driving into town, ask a neighbour if they need some gifts collecting, or offer them a lift if they are able. You can enjoy the festive markets together, cruise the shopping aisles and grab a Christmas cappuccino when you’re all shopped out. The gift of company is priceless.
Extra place at the Christmas table?
Go on, why not invite an elderly neighbour round for Christmas dinner? It’s hectic anyway getting the turkey ready and juggling presents, charades and the Queen’s speech, but one more place at the table would be a lovely gesture.
Families often visit elderly relatives on Christmas morning, or later in the afternoon when they have finished their own festivities. But they can be fleeting visits. People then spend hours alone when all around are partying. Just being involved in someone else’s celebrations would lift their spirits.
Cuppa not a card?
Although email and social media has replaced some traditional forms of communication, posting and hand delivering Christmas cards remains a festive favourite. It’s a lovely gesture, and it shows that you have given people some thought. But you could go further, especially when popping cards through the letterbox of an elderly or vulnerable neighbour.
Take a mince pie or share from a box of chocolates. Chances are you’ll be invited in for a cuppa and a chat. Get to know them. Give them the precious gift of time, if only for twenty minutes. It will make a difference.
Whatever happens this year, our care givers will be making those house visits to help service users get washed and dressed, take medication and live their independent lives. We’ll make sure we arrive with a smile, a Merry Christmas wish and probably wearing a daft Santa hat. If it makes a positive difference we’ll do it.
A very Merry Christmas to you all, and a Happy New Year.
Always together, always side by side…