What we do
Helping Members To Live Independently At Home
There are lots of ways that Live At Home can help you, or a loved one, to live independently at home where they feel happiest, for as long as possible. Please look at the list below to see if there’s something which suits your or a relative or friend’s circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns, our friendly staff are always just a phone call or email away and will be happy to assist in making the right choice.
This is a popular option with members. Many older people living in their own home may find they can become isolated and lonely. Involvement with a befriender can help stop this from happening. Befriending can offer regular visits, perhaps to have a general chat and catch up, play cards, go to appointments or generally enjoy time being out and about. The agreement is made between the member and volunteer to suit both parties. Matches are made by our managers who will know the members’ interests and personalities and will take this into consideration when finding the right volunteer who are fully police checked and vetted before they start any befriending relationships.
We run a range of social activities including lunch clubs, film and shopping clubs, women’s lunches, men’s lunches, and group outings. Often based around keeping members part of their communities, these activities provide a chance for members to get together, have some fun and company, and possibly enjoy an activity. Volunteers and staff will also use the opportunity to talk to people and find out whether they need any extra support and can signpost them to other services should the need arise.
Information And Advice
If older people find themselves in a situation where they need some outside support (perhaps after a medical diagnosis or personal crisis), Live at Home can help and will direct members to the relevant local services and agencies. Information and advice is confidential and designed to enable people to make an informed decision about the options available to them. A quarterly Live At Home Newsletter keeps them informed about the latest news, upcoming events and activities, welfare initiatives and other community services that may be of interest.
Men In Sheds
We also run Northern Men In Sheds. This community group, which was established in 2017, is based in the grounds of Ramsey Cottage Hospital. As the name suggests, it was initially aimed at men, but it’s now open to women too. The shed is a workshop for creative projects involving metalwork, carpentry, and other skills. But members can just meet for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, or for a game of cards.
The concept, which was originally developed in Australia, has proven to be effective in helping to address the issues of social isolation and loneliness amongst older men. Our ‘shed’ aims to become established as a hub for many other groups and community activities on the Isle of Man and workshops aimed specifically at women in the community are being planned.
How Do I Or Someone I Know, Become A Live At Home Member?
- Glen Maye
- Glen Mona
- Kirk Michael
- St John’s
- Union Mills