1. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
    Following a carer's assessment I was contacted by our local council's sitting service and told I was 'entitled' to a social sit once a fortnight of up to 6 hours plus a sitter for all and any medical appointments for me. I knew nothing about this but decided to give it a try. Mick has had two sits from two different sitters and been very happy with them. They both went out for a walk with him and Stanley dog. They will apparently take him places on buses or walk, give him meals, in fact do anything except give medication without a form being completed and they can't take him in their cars. There are 13 sitters in the team. We have now met 3 of them as one came to explain the service, and they are all lovely. I am overwhelmed by this support and I thought I would share it in case there is anybody else who didn't know about such a thing.


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  2. Kjn

    Kjn Registered User

    Jul 27, 2013
    5,835
    That's good to hear.
    There used to be one in mums area called crossroads but they stopped it:confused:
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,622
    Female
    London
    We're getting sitters through Age UK, they take John for walks or play games with him. It's a great service.
     
  4. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
    Hi Beate do you pay for the service through Age UK?


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  5. Sunseeker1977

    Sunseeker1977 Registered User

    Jan 3, 2015
    33
    North Yorkshire
    Hi Trisha4, I see you are in Yorkshire.... I would really like to utilise this sitting service, which area of yorkshire are you in and does any particular agency provides the service, if you are uncomfortable posting could you let me know by PM ... . As life is its almost impossible to go shopping or dentists doctors etc.
     
  6. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
    11,622
    Female
    London
    No, because at the moment my London borough does not charge for home care, which this falls under. But this is a very rare occasion and not representative. Sorry.
     
  7. irismary

    irismary Registered User

    Feb 7, 2015
    499
    West Midlands
    Hi Trisha4. We pay £15 per hour for Age UK sitter. Very experienced sitters
     
  8. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
    I'm in East Yorkshire. The service is called the sitting service and it is provided free of charge by the council. Happy to answer any questions.


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  9. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
  10. sunflower492

    sunflower492 Registered User

    Oct 13, 2016
    4
    Ely, Cambridgeshire
    Is this the same as the GP Prescription for Carers we have in Cambridgeshire? You go to your GP and they give you a prescription as a Carer which you then take to the Carers Trust and sort out with them the care you need. They have pointed me to AGE UK as I want a sitter for my husband while I go out to Art Class.
     
  11. pussygalore

    pussygalore Registered User

    Oct 25, 2015
    17
    I too am entitled to 9 hours sitting service but am beginning to find they seem to be reluctant to attend. Rarely do I see the same person twice and I get the impression that they are bored and do not have much experience with Dementia sufferers and would be rather more happy dealing with a person who did not have mental issues. This caring organisation was recommended to me by our Social Worker so I assumed that they would be used to dealing with this. My partner just needs someone to keep him company while I go out, he is not incontinent, violent or bad tempered he just sits and colours or watches tv. It has got to the point that I do not want to phone the agency up and am seriously thinking of looking elsewhere. Is Age UK a good place to start.
     
  12. irismary

    irismary Registered User

    Feb 7, 2015
    499
    West Midlands
    I would say Age UK as our sitter is very good and very dementia experienced. She is the second one we have had and both have been excellent. We do have to pay £15 per hour as the council no longer fund it. My OH is also pleasant chatty non aggressive so he isn't hard work for them. Carers at his day club are good too. I think to date I have been lucky with this side of things. If Age UK don't provide the service in your area they may be able to recommend an agency.
     
  13. pussygalore

    pussygalore Registered User

    Oct 25, 2015
    17
    Thank you irismary I will contact Age Concern. I am quite happy to pay for this service if I am assured that the sitters are Dementia trained. My last sitter (yesterday) was confused about this walking about at about 5.00 p.m and when I said this was sundowning and nothing to be worried about she said that she had never head of it. So I rest my case about being dementia trained.
     
  14. Trisha4

    Trisha4 Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    2,442
    Yorkshire
    I don't think this is the same. Mine does not involve the GP, it comes through adult social care, a council service.


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