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Old age companionship

Although companionship may not seem important in terms of physical care, it plays an incredibly important part in mental well being. Having someone to talk to, and knowing that they are looking out for you, can make all the difference and give you a completely different outlook on life.

At Sova we don’t just care for our customers, we care about them. We recognise the difference companionship can make to individuals, and through our range of personal care services, the care we provide is tailored to suit your needs, and provide a friend as well as a carer.

We understand that everyone is different, and so when assigning carers we take into account your age, interests beliefs and personality in order to get the best match. We also know how important it is to feel independent and we will work with you to ensure that you maintain as much control over your life as you’re comfortable with.

We know that mobility impairment can affect your ability to socialise, and so our services aren’t limited to simply spending time with your carer in your own home - you can also go out for day trips together and visit family and loved ones, safe in the knowledge that you will have a friend by your side throughout the journey.

Our companionship assistance isn’t just restricted to those who require physical care, we also provide a social companionship service which provides company and emotional support to those who live alone.

If you think you, or someone you love, could benefit from more companionship in their life, please get in touch with us today. Please don’t suffer in silence, a friend is closer than you think.
A good night's sleep is always important, but when we are not feeling our best, it becomes critical! It is for this reason that Sova Healthcare takes its overnight care services very seriously.

Whether you're faced with a disability, illness, or just general poor health, losing out on a good night's kip can compromise your immune system leaving you in a worse state of affairs again the next day. There is also the damaging effects on morale sleep deprivation can cause; a bad or disturbed night's rest can leave us feeling positively drained, and unable to cope with whatever the next day throws at us..

Thankfully there is a solution: Sova offers both waking night care and sleeping overnight care services. Depending on your particular circumstances, one of our Sova Healthcare professionals can spend the night in your home with you to help support you both physically and emotionally. Waking night care involves one of our staff being at your beck and call throughout the night, whereas sleeping night care would mean our carers would sleep themselves, but of course be ready and accessible should you need them - which ought to put your mind at rest in itself.

If you would like to learn more about our overnight care services please visit our website!


On Thursday 2nd October, Sova Healthcare teamed up with Rix House Care Home in Keighley, West Yorkshire (part of the Turning Point group), to host a Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Macmillan first started these events in 1990, and since then their annual coffee morning has raised over £113 million to become the world’s biggest such event. This year, Sova Healthcare and Rix House Care Home were happy to contribute to this great occasion. Both residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed the coffee morning and we raised a total of £121.21, which will be donated directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning
From left to right: Alastair Lodge, Paula Lodge (Project Worker), Jane Risdale (Project Worker), Rachael Shackleton (Project Worker) and Mark Downey enjoying Sova Healthcare's Macmillan Coffee Morning.

Macmillan Cancer Support is a fantastic charity, and one very close to those of us in the healthcare industry, as it provides an invaluable source of knowledge, practical and financial support to those affected by cancer. This support isn’t just limited to the cancer victims themselves, but is also available to their families and carers.

At Sova Healthcare we understand just how important care services are, and in the case of our clients at Rix House, we provide a unique daily money management programme with Sova’s Appointeeship Service. We also provide Personal Care assistance, tailored to individuals’ needs, to help you, or your family member, get the most out of life.

If you’d like to find out more about the wide variety of care services we offer, please get in touch with us today.

Following last week's blog post - which revealed that 46% of people believe they will have no option but to enter a residential care home in their old age - we at Sova Healthcare would like to highlight some of the ways in which elderly people can be cared for in the comfort of their own dwellings.

We appreciate that professional home care is, by and large, more costly than the alternative, but this needn't be a reason to cross it off your list of options. If your own income will not cover the cost of home care, there are several different ways to claim financial support that will allow you or your loved ones to enjoy a bespoke home care package (and all the benefits that this entails).

In the first instance, the best course of action is to contact your local ASS (Adult Social Services) department and inform them of your circumstances. They will perform an assessment to find out if you are eligible to claim financial support for home care.

As mentioned, there are multiple types of funding, including:
  • Attendance Allowance: For over-65s with mental and/or physical disabilities.
  • Personal Independence Payment: For people aged 16 to 64 with long-term health conditions.
  • Continuing Care: NHS-funded care (given outside of a hospital environment) for those with complex medical conditions.
  • Direct Payments: Government payments for the elderly and/or disabled. Available to anyone over 16.
More details here.

Of course, the above list is only a brief summary of the different funding options that may be available to you. For a more detailed overview of potential options, we recommended calling 0800 688 8866 and asking to speak with Sova Healthcare's specialist benefits advisor. We will discuss your specific situation and do our best to recommend a financial support route that will work for you.
A recent study reveals that we need to think more carefully about old age and what will happen when we get there.

Old woman

It seems like old age is something of a taboo subject in modern society. We don't want to think about getting old, and so we don't talk about it - we just push it to the back of our minds and try to forget about the fact that nobody stays young forever.

But recently-published statistics suggest that we should be talking about this topic a lot more. According to this article from PR Newswire...

  • ...97% of people aged 75+ would prefer to live in their own homes (as opposed to a residential care home).
  • ...only 54% of people believe that they will have the option of living at home in their final years.
  • ...23% of people have no idea what will happen to them in their old age.
  • ...86% of those polled have never discussed their wishes regarding old age care with loved ones.
These numbers are very revealing. Firstly, they prove something that most of us already suspected: very few people (only 3% of those polled) would choose to leave their homes behind and live in a care home. Beyond that, though, the report shows that we need to talk more openly about old age.

Here are two reasons why:

  • Almost half of those polled did not think that there would be any alternative to living in a residential care home. This is not true - companies like Sova Healthcare work hard to provide high-quality care in the client's own home, and even difficult circumstances such as dementia and terminal illness can be catered for. We need to change people's perspective on old age care, and this will not happen unless we start talking about it.

  • According to this survey, most people do not discuss old age with their loved ones and make a plan for their later years. Sitting down with your family and having a conversation about your wishes could well make the final years of your life far more pleasant - after all, if you tell them what you want, this puts them in a far better position to help you get it.

Photograph by Andrea