Help at Home Mar Menoris a charity founded some 8 years ago – fully registered in Spain and manned entirely by volunteers.
The Help at Home Mar Menor team is made up of caring members of the local community and the charity aims to support anyone finding it difficult to manage or cope, providing FREE for ALL ages:
* Voluntary carers, some of whom are medically qualified, to help people in their own homes
* The loan of mobility equipment such as wheelchairs, walking frames and commodes
The charity has helped many members of the local community who have:
*Been discharged from hospital
* Been under medical supervision
* Had a fall or an operation
RTN got together with Help at Home Mar Menor to find out the answers to some of its most frequently asked questions:
Can you help a friend’s mother who has various problems following a hip replacement?
If no help, or insufficient help, is available from family members, Help at Home Mar Menor can help for an agreed limited period which might be until complete recovery, or until permanent help can be arranged.
This might be personal help, including household cleaning and personal hygiene, in the home and transport to the health centre or shops for example.
How long can you help for and what hours do you work?
Help at Home Mar Menor will help for as long as there are the funds and sufficient volunteers – provided that if the recipient needs permanent help, the recipient or a family member is arranging this.
Help will be provided by a volunteer so Help at Home Mar Menor try to establish normal working hours from Monday to Friday.
If professional medical help is needed and not available, Help at Home Mar Menor will arrange for a nurse, chiropodist, physiotherapist etc. to help and will pay the associated costs for an agreed limited period.
Help at Home Mar Menor does not consider itself an alternative to the emergency services, nor to the excellent medical care which is widely available.
Do you loan out mobility equipment?
Yes! Help at Home Mar Menor regularly loans out wheelchairs, walking frames, commodesand the like. If you need something else, please ask.
If I am not in your area, can you recommend someone else?
Help at Home Mar Menor operates with a 15-20-kilometre radius of Los Alcazares,although there are no fixed boundaries. If for any reason Help at Home Mar Menor cannot help, an alternative source will be recommended.
Are your services free?
Help at Home Mar Menor makes no charge for any of its services and relies entirely on donations and fund-raising for its resources.
Help at Home Mar Menor volunteers have no medical qualifications and if professional medical help is needed and not available, Help at Home Mar Menor will arrange this and pay the associated costs for an agreed limited period.
Can I become a Help at Home Mar Menor volunteer?
Help at Home Mar Menor is always on the lookout for new volunteers. Even if you only have a couple of hours a week to spare, you too can make a difference. Get in touch, meet the team and find out how.
Help at Home Mar Menor needs not only carers but willing volunteers to help with setting up and running events, website administration and publicity. New ideas are always welcome!
Help at Home Mar Menor, along with many fund-raising events, hosts a ‘chatters’ get-together once a month at the Las Claras Centre, where anyone is welcome to find out more about what the charity is up to, socialise and make new friends.
The next ‘chatters’ get together will take place on Wednesday July 19 from 10.30am until around 1.00pm.
For more information – if you think you would benefit from support from the Help At Home Mar Menor team or perhaps you’d like to get involved in helping those who need it most in the local community, please call 633 673 034 or email: [email protected]