It is true that getting older can have its challenges when all we want to do is maintain our independence amidst those challenges. At different stages of the process we often need some support to ensure our independence is maintained for as long as possible. Our ability to deal with everyday tasks such as cleaning, gardening, transport and other areas can become impaired along the way. Other times we just do not have the time and prefer to have someone else do it so that we can be free to pursue more enjoyable activities.
Older age and technology
The increasing need to deal with technology as part of our daily lives just to maintain our lives can be very challenging for some of us – tasks like paying bills, banking etc. If managing your personal business affairs is difficult, then having the support of someone you can trust on a regular basis could be the answer.
The growth of technology has encouraged the birth of the “Virtual Assistant” otherwise known as a VA. This new industry is growing and a VA offers a wide range of skills and experience having started life as an Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant or a PA in the corporate world.
Such highly skilled people can bring these support services and skills to the domestic and home environment, working with individuals as well as Care organisations.
I am Stella Gooch of SMG Virtual PA and am a good example of a Virtual Assistant with a variety of experience in this arena.
A service to support older people
When my mother-in-law developed ill health in her later years, she relocated to be closer to us as it was clear she could not manage on her own. Although we were able to support her living independently, we were constantly having a battle to get her to accept that support. I am sure it is a familiar story in many families. This gave me the idea that there is a need for a service to provide general admin support to older people who want to maintain their independence on their own terms. Help like this can be purchased on an hourly basis with no long term commitment but longer term contracts can also be arranged.
It costs nothing to have a chat with Stella, and you never know but you might just find the help you are looking for by doing so.
Stella Gooch, Virtual Assistant
26th May 2017