My name is Alex and I am the Enfield Carers Centre Home Care Manager and I’ve been working here over two years now.
We are very much focused on high quality respite services.
We have clients who might be looking after, for example, their child with learning difficulties full time, another might be looking after their mum with dementia. Much of this care is 24-hour non-stop so you need a break; you need some respite.
This is basically where we can offer help.
We set up a care package for you, visiting you a number of times a week, ideally for two or 3 hours.
This means carers can go out and, say, do some shopping or just spend some time with their wife or husband.
We equip all of our care workers with a tablet so that for example when they are with children they could use the tablet in that caring session, maybe playing games.
Alternatively, they can take the child out to the local park.
All in all, it gives the parents a break from this very demanding job of being a family carer.
In the case of someone with dementia they might need some additional brain stimulation.
We can listen to music with them, or do puzzles, or play games. We can take them out for a walk or we can take them out to the local coffee shop or the day centre. Just making sure that these people don’t face social isolation.