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I am visiting my parents in June. I live in Australia and have for 24 years so am unfamiliar with how it works in UK. Dad has carers come three times a day as he is immobile and my 83 year old mother cannot lift him. I would like to take her out on a few day trips as she never gets to leave him alone for more than an hour or so at a time. How would I go around finding someone to come and sit in the house with dad to give mum piece of mind about him not being alone. Even if it was a student or some service that is available in UK. Any tips would be gratefully received!


  • I am visiting my parents in June. I live in Australia and have for 24 years so am unfamiliar with how it works in UK. Dad has carers come three times a day as he is immobile and my 83 year old mother cannot lift him. I would like to take her out on a few day trips as she never gets to leave him alone for more than an hour or so at a time. How would I go around finding someone to come and sit in the house with dad to give mum piece of mind about him not being alone. Even if it was a student or some service that is available in UK. Any tips would be gratefully received!

    What about a neighbour or friend or someone they know already – rather than a stranger? Perhaps one of the carers might be able to help? Might give your Mum more reassurance? If you are able to pay you could contact a local care agency – try the Care Quality Commission to do a postcode search. You could contact the local Age UK – they may have a list of local organisations that offer volunteers/befrienders etc…. There is an organisation called Nannies for Grannies – but I don’t think they’re national and not sure where they are based.

    Hello Fiona,

    I am the partnership director of a care company based in West Yorkshire. We offer temporary and longer term day sitting services aswell as befriending services. If you would like to get in contact please email me at jess@caringfolk.co.uk.

    Thanks Jess.

    We have previously used an organisation called Able Community Care. They can offer everything from day sitting to long-term live-in care. I would highly recommend giving them a look! https://www.ablecommunitycare.com/

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