Health News | Angel in Disguise | Andover & VillagesChancellor Philip Hammond says Public Sector investment will be forthcoming within a few years but the County Council is still facing an enormous cut to its budget for 18/19 and as a result some residents are no longer entitled to support and will need to pay for their care in the future.

In Test Valley, 21.3% of the population is over the age of 65, with 6.4% of residents believing that their health limits their day to day activities. This includes Burt.

Burt had been living alone since his wife died five years ago. He was lonely and struggling to keep up with his financial commitments and feeling he was sinking under endless paperwork, not to mention the bills piling up around him. Slightly deaf, he was finding it difficult to make the necessary phone calls and needed help before his situation got any worse.

Nicki from Cardea Home Support was contacted and following an initial assessment, Burt began to receive an hour’s help every week.

“I cannot tell you what a difference Nicki and Cardea has made to my life. She spent hours on the phone trying to resolve my benefits claims, she even identified a bank account I had totally forgotten about! Some days she spends time just talking to me over a cuppa and helps ensure I have fresh food in the fridge. I think she is an angel in disguise and I cannot recommend Cardea enough.”

Do you or a family member need that bit of help? Cardea can provide flexible support to help you or your loved one remain independent at home so, why not contact us for a chat. We are offering up to two hours free for new customers.

For further information check out the website or call 01264 523490

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