Companionship outside of the home
Supporting people to get out and about
Why use our companionship service out of the home
Going out and getting new experiences
We want to promote personal choice at every possible opportunity, whilst improving well-being. We believe everyone deserves the very best quality of care, and this includes the opportunities to be involved with activities outside of the home.
We offer a companionship service, where the companion not only come to visit your loved one regularly at home, but also support taking trips out, doing activities away from the house and to make visits or attend appointments locally.
All of our companions are enhanced DBS-checked and are recruited via a 2 stage interview process, including a face to face interview. They are regularly trained and are issued with first aid kits & ID badges, so with any outing you can feel reassured your loved ones are in safe hands.
What our companions can support outside of the home
Our companions do all they can to support you and your loved one both in the comfort of your own home but also to support leaving the house, providing transport (if necessary) and assistance, enabling:
Accompanied dog walks
Fun day trips
Participation at local activity clubs and Community Day Centres
Visits to see friends and family
Opportunities to explore the local community
Easier access to hospital and doctor appointments
…and even something a bit more adventurous!
We always aim to operate in collaboration with family and friends – working together as a team to ensure the lives of your loved one, even if they have mobility issues or are living with dementia can live a full and engaging life.
How to get started with out of the home companion care services
Once you have made an initial enquiry, by calling us on 01173 790048 or emailing email@example.com, a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.
We will organise an initial assessment. This allows us to get to know each other and ensures we can achieve a good match between our clients and their assigned companion. From our experience, we have a lot of success at building long-lasting, trusting relationships.
You can be reassured that your companion will be well-matched and, importantly, have been extensively security checked and vetted to provide both a professional and compassion services, through our rigorous processes, including interviews and on-going training.
How our companions service makes a difference
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to pay petrol or other transport costs?
Mileage is charged at 55p per mile. All of our companions have business insurance and access to a vehicle to transport our clients. We can also set limits on the amount of mileage per visit.
How far is a companion willing to travel for an out of the home activity or appointment?
We match our clients with companions that live within a 15 minute drive of their home. Companions are therefore happy to drive to and from local appointments and trips. Arrangements can also be made for adhoc visits for longer or less local activities or appointments subject to their availability.
How much does the out of the home companion service cost?
Our initial consultation fee is currently £58 +VAT. Our hourly rate for a companion is £24.50 +VAT. Our minimum visit duration per week is one visit of two hours.
What if I can’t afford a companion?
Attendance allowance can be used towards funding companion visits, which is non-means tested. It is available to anyone over 65 who needs something ‘attending to’.
Carers allowance can also be used. The Carers Annual Grant, available from Carers Support Centre, offers £200 in South Gloucestershire and £300 in Bristol. You can also be funded using direct payments and local authority funding. Please contact us for more information regarding financial support.
About Adorno Companions
Established in May 2019, Adorno provides home help, housekeeping, transport and companionship in the region of Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and surrounding areas.
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 offer elderly care, dementia respite, general support and companionship, in a number of ways, including in the home, out of the home and at our dedicated Day Care Centres.