Meet the Adorno Companion team and learn about our mission/vision
My social care career started in 2008 when I took a part time job as a support worker for vulnerable children and adults in both residential and respite settings. I also have experience of resettling people back into their own homes after rehabilitation for an acquired brain injury.
After graduating from University I went on to gain a Diploma in Leadership and Management as well as being involved in a number of project and programme management roles.
During this time, my grandmother developed Alzheimer’s Disease and was provided with less than adequate social support, despite the expensive care home fees! As I lost my own mother aged 9, this was particularly devastating as my grandmother and I were very close. This spurred me on to, one day, look to improve social support for vulnerable people.
After a brief spell in marketing, and the birth of my first daughter, Adorno Companions was established.
I have a long and varied career, which includes 15 years working as a Registered Nurse in both the NHS and private sector, and 20 years in work related to Patient Safety within the Pharmaceutical industry.
My family and I have recently had first-hand experience of how loneliness and social-isolation can impact a senior member of a family – even when residing in a 5 star care home.
I believe we all do understand the importance of having regular contact with friends and family as well as being involved in community activities and outings. However, we also know that this can at times prove a challenge both personally and geographically!
Emma and I are now working together to provide a quality companion service that we hope can bring hugely positive benefits both for our immediate clients and their family.
Adorno provide Home Help, Housekeeping, Transport & Companionship in the region of Bristol,
Bath, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and surrounding areas. We have been operational since May 2019. Our mission, as
an organisation with a social purpose, is to support older people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and
to enhance their overall wellbeing. We do this by providing reassurance, guidance and respite to carers and family
members that may otherwise struggle for care provision. We also aid people in re-settling back into their homes after a
stay in hospital or if they are moving house.When Adorno founder Emma lost her Grandfather, her Grandmother’s independence began to slip away from her. Reduced access to transport, limited availability of home help, and her aversion to carers meant she moved into a care home sooner than she should have. We know that it is common place for families to experience this situation.
Our Mission & Vision
The State of Ageing Report from the Centre for Ageing Better in 2019 stated: “Our extra years of life are a gift that we should all be able to enjoy and yet, increasing numbers of us are at risk of missing out. Ageing is inevitable, but how we age is not.” It is therefore our mission to improve the wellness of older people in our communities.
Our Support Workers and Companions are professional, compassionate and matched to clients based on interests and
location. To become a Support Worker or Companion, applicants must proceed through a 2-stage interview process. All of our staff members are Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends, and are provided with DBS Checks, PPE and full training. They should therefore be very proud in the knowledge that they are part of a wider, growing team of very patient and kind-hearted people, making a real difference to the lives of those in our community.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does my hourly charge include?
Whatever the agreed visit length – this will mean the full contact time with your companion ie: this does not include the companion travel time to and from your home.
How long can my visit be?
Our minimum visit time is 2 hrs for each visit – and a minimum of 2 visits per month. Please contact us to discuss individual requirements.
Can i book a companion for a couple of weeks only?
Yes – dependent on current availability – If you book for any period expected to be less than 6 weeks – then payment in advance is required.
How many weeks do i have to book?
Bookings are taken in blocks, a minimum of 6 weeks at a time to allow for accurate scheduling. We do however, encourage trials.
What is the maximum time i can book?
We will try to accommodate all requests – based on demand and availability.
Do you provide personal care?
Please note we do not provide personal care or administer medication.
What Our Clients Say
So lucky to have such great companion care available in Chipping Sodbury. Emma and her team are fantastic - they really do care about the people they're providing support for.
Emma and her team first met with mum just after she had lost dad. Emma made sure she matched a companion who had something in common with mum and that she could have a good old chat with. Having our companion has not only given me piece of mind, it’s meant I no longer have to worry about mum relying on me for every single little job she needs doing. A companion means we get more quality time together and mum is much happier.