Steve Gapper established Home-Instead in Alresford with his wife Jan in 2011. Since then they have expanded the business, which provides non-medical home care services to the elderly, first in Alresford, and now to a wider area covering Winchester, Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford. Their staff has expanded to number more than 70 now, all working on a minimum of an hour for each visit with a client. The services provided are divided into four distinct groups, Companionship, Home-Help, Personal Care and then Specialised services.
Steve based his January presentation to the Giles Group on the positive things the elderly can, and should do, to maintain their health and fitness. He started off by praising such meetings and activities as are provided by the Giles Group, which give opportunities for human interaction and mental stimulation, all very important! In summing up he listed some of the many other useful regular events in Alresford, suitable for the elderly, as follows:
The Senior Citizens Lunch Club: Thursdays at the Methodist Church Hall: The contacts are Liz Garton on 733125 or Elaine Secluna on 733192
Exercise Class: Tuesdays 1430 to 1530 at Makins Court
Seated Exercise Class: Fridays 1030 to 1200 at St Gregory’s Church Hall
The Giles Group Drop-in and chat: Tuesdays 1030 to 1200 at the Community Centre
Alresford Health Walk: Tuesdays 1330 to 1430, start at the Avenue
Day Care Centre: Tuesday and Thursday, at Chiltern Court – transport can be provided: contact on 735612.
Senior Citizens Hour: Wednesdays 1430 at New Farm Chapel: Contact is Jill Hardiman on 733765.
Coffee and Chat: 2nd Tuesday 1000 to 1115 in the John Pearson Hall (St John’s)
Afternoon Social Club: 2nd Tuesday 1430 to 1630 in the John Pearson Hall (St John’s)
Alresford Ladies Group: 2nd Thursday each month at John Pearson Hall, 7.30pm: contact is Pearl Page on 734665.
Tea at Two: 1st Friday 1400 to 1530 at St Gregory’s Church Hall
Singing for Fun: 3rd Friday 1400 to 1530 at St Gregory’s Church Hall
St John’s Walking Group: 1st Saturday 0930 to 1230
Whilst some of the above are open to all, and are either supported by a charge or ask for a donation, others, such as the Lunch Club and the Exercise Class, require a space to be available and/or a post-injury reference from the Surgery.
NATT Minibus trips
Separately, some members of the audience asked about the regular shopping trips made by the town Minibus. These are organised by Pam Stevens on 734861, and the standard schedule is:
First Tuesday in the month: 0845 start, for Sainsburys in Alton.
Second Wednesday in the month: 0845 start, for Tesco in Winnall.
Third Wednesday in the month: 1300 start, for Sainsburys in Alton.
Fourth Wednesday in the month: 0900 start, to Central Winchester.
Every Friday, several trips to and from Alresford Community Centre, starting from 0830 throughout the morning.
Second and Fourth Saturdays in the month: 0830 start, on a trip to Petersfield.
All bus trips collect and deliver passengers to outside their homes. There is a standard fare for each trip, charged to cover the vehicle fuel and maintenance: the drivers are all volunteers. More volunteer drivers are needed, if you are available!
Home-Instead can be contacted on 01962 736681, or via www.homeinstead.co.uk/centralhampshire or call in and visit them at Construct House, at the Winchester end of the Avenue.