We are Growing

Growing we are, the word is out; companionship is essential to maintaining our wellbeing. Just Company knows that family members struggle and are torn between managing their everyday responsibilities and spending time and company with their elderly loved ones. I was talking with my aunt about this, she really misses having someone around however, she knows her son is really busy and her daughter lives miles away. My aunt is very clear she doesn’t want to hassle them because she knows it will make them feel guilty. So when I call I ask what she is up to and it’s…

What does Just Company actually do?

So what is it we do that gets such great response? Companionship, simple, good old friends. Companions who chat, go out, joke, laugh, share and care. But what is it we actually do? So here is an example: We plan our trips in advance and as a rule they last about three to four hours. Here is what we did the other day: I picked up our friend (client) and drove through the Dales to Ribblehead viaduct. On this particular day the steam train was due to cross the viaduct, a spectacle we really wanted to see. Unfortunately we missed…

To Track or not to Track that is the Question

Its been a busy summer. Being away with the family has been brilliant, restful and funny at times. Except when my girl lost her mobile phone. Losing her phone had quite far reaching implications, good and bad. Good because it reduced her screen time to nothing. There is nothing worse than sitting at the table with two teenagers with their faces embedded in their phones – texting each other! All that social media stuff they interact with, photos of places and comments on their friends pages. Bad, the cost, how is she going to replace the phone (bank of mum…

Being a Companion.

The other day I was a companion. Viv’s dad has taken a fall and she needed to go to Oxford to see him so I stepped into the breach. First – what were we going to do – my favourite trip in the Dales, finishing with a picnic in the most beautiful place. As we have a very smart camper van I filled it with lovely food, milk for tea and the crossword. It was a beautiful day, sun shining and really clear.  Viv came with me and introduced me to the client. What I noticed was on her white…

Just Company – Me and my mum

“Knowing my mum is getting out and about with Just Company makes me feel so happy knowing she is safe and in good company. Thank you”.  Its been full on here…… We are up and running and really enjoying meeting and spending time with such interesting and amazing people. We knew this was a good idea. What we didn’t realise is just how wanted we are. The feedback has been very humbling from both our clientele and their families. Here is an example: “Vivienne from Just Company picked me up for my special day out. My son had bought me…

What a week!

What a week we have had, full of visits to the hospital and trips out. Viv’s dad took a fall, broke his hip and is now laid up in hospital for the next 6 weeks. The anaesthetic has knocked him for six, and when I say knocked him for six, he really is muddled and confused. I think they call it post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). It should be temporary but all the same concerning for those around him. We are all wishing him a speedy recovery and a swift return to home. I went to see my aunt, her memory is…

Handless and Helpless

Wow what a week we have just had! I (Fran) had my thumb done and now can’t drive for 8 weeks. Luckily we are a companion business, amazing how vulnerable you feel when you are injured. So now I need someone to drive me everywhere, hospital appointments, shopping and so on. I can’t even open a jar, its very frustrating, but do have to admit I do milk it every now and again. So that is the first thing, then we got in the papers!!! We are out there now and there’s no hiding. Here’s the link, read our story… http://www.inthebay.co.uk/Friends-set-up-company-to-offer-companionship-3be31bf7-e6a1-415b-99ac-cb163403c5c4-ds …

How do we address older people?

Is there an accepted, respectable term to identify old people? Yes, but what’s an old person, someone over 65yrs old? Hold on, a lot of us now work until we are 68yrs+, so is it that you are an old person when you retire? We at Just Company, provide companions to elderly people and we are struggling with what defines an elderly person as elderly? People who don’t work? Well Prince Philip has just retried from public duties and he is 95yrs old. Currently in the UK there are more than 10 million over 65yr olds and by 2050 it…

Does age matter?

Why have we just started Just Company, because we really believe “You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream”. Not quoted by CS Lewis as often suggested, however, it is a quote which has many of us believe in, including Steve Jobs, Henry Ford, Bill Gates and a whole load more. So many of us put our aspirations and dreams on the back boiler while we build a career, have a family or we don’t have the resources at the time. We have had to be patient. Our ambitions make us truly unique.…

Loneliness is a serious issue for the elderly

Loneliness and isolation is a huge problem for elderly people, with the over 75s being most at risk. Recent figures show that over 2 million people aged 75 or over in England live alone and can go longer than a month without speaking to anyone. In this country 1.2 million people were counted as chronically lonely. Fran and Vivienne recently experienced this on a personal level. Fran’s Auntie Gill recently had a fall. Following this Gill lost her confidence in getting out and about. Subsequently she remained in her house watching the television, growing more and more isolated and withdrawn.…