Tenerife now has a new bespoke home and telephone support service based in Adeje which has been set up to establish support for older people locally. In Touch Tenerife provides personal assistance and support for people mainly from the UK and Ireland, and owner Siobhan Sharkey describes it as fundamentally a connectivity service for the elderly to get everything from assistance with a bit of sewing to a daily check up and chat, or from help setting up Skype for contact with family back in the UK or Ireland to advice about health and safety in the home: basically anything that helps offer support to those who need it.
This is not a nursing or medical service, for which there are home care businesses operating in Tenerife in any case, nor a provision for psychological services such as bereavement counselling, which is provided by qualified and accredited professionals arranged through the likes of Pastor Ken’s Callao Salvaje Church, but it will be welcome for those who might not be on the padrón, and so not entitled to municipal social services, or those for whom the council service doesn’t make specifically adequate provision. It will also be welcome just for those who feel isolated or vulnerable, away from original home and loved ones, and for whom a friendly face or helping hand will make all the difference to their lives in Tenerife.
Siobhan Sharkey has worked for 20 years with the Northern Ireland Association of Mental Health (formerly NIAMH now Inspire) directly supporting clients in day care settings and their own homes. She has qualifications in both Care (NVQ) and Community Mental Health (City & Guilds). She has been in Tenerife for four years now and has worked with the Asociación San Juan (Adeje) and independently as a private carer. The website for the business is HERE, and there’s a Facebook page HERE.