A beautifully designed leaflet through the door stated:
My care at home services provide help with the basic functions of life to promote health and well being (companionship, preparing meals, cleaning, personal care). There are a variety of care plans available that I will tailor to suit the type of care you need and the number of visits required.
Name and email address were given so I knew the sender was female.
Notice the word companionship? It was that word that caught my attention and prompted me to explore further.
I rang her number and she said she would call round. Which she did. The lady is French but spoke beautiful English – that was good since I don’t speak French. We got on very well and after about an hour I had agreed on further occasional visits. When she prepared to leave, she asked me for £14 and upon seeing my surprise explained that she had to earn a living. She has a job but I gathered that she wanted to develop this ‘caring’ idea.
£14 – for a chat!?
It’s not that I can’t afford £14 but, crikey, I can go outside and talk to neighbours at no cost. I have since emailed her to cancel the Monday appointment and anything else she might offer.