At a time when many parts of the NHS face funding cuts and financial issues, one woman has stepped up to help. Nikki Smith, a 22-year-old woman who lives in Immingham, has set up Cleaning With Meaning, a business that provides at-home care for elderly people in the area.
A Life-Changing Business
The business is a befriending service that is already helping to tackle loneliness among the elderly people, and it came from a very touching place: Nikki was inspired by the relationship that she had with her own grandma Betty Tilling, who sadly passed away.
Nikki, who previously studied Health and Social Care, has already created a solid client base even though the business has only been running for a short time.
This shows that there is a clear demand for the service, so Nikki plans to extend her business to cover the surrounding areas in the future.
Nikki is very pleased with the service so far, saying “If I am able to help just one person that I see for an hour or so each week, and then they tell me that they really look forward to seeing me, that would be great.”
Inspired by Her Grandma
The idea initially came to Nikki when her grandma Betty was living in a care home, as she saw first-hand the benefits of providing social care for the elderly. She believes this is because carers are able to provide personalised social plans for each person rather than using the same plan for everyone.
This is why she creates a different plan for everyone she works with, from social outings to board games in the evening. Nikki hopes that the business will be fully established by Christmas, at which point she plans on taking on more clients.
This is very useful, as many elderly people feel lonely over the Christmas period. Some company can make a massive difference for someone who is feeling isolated, so it is likely that the business will continue to grow and develop.
If you want to find out more about Nikki’s business, Cleaning With Meaning, you can check out its Facebook page.