Caring for a loved one is a matter of course for many people. But have you ever considered that 1 in 3 people is a carer? In The Hague there are many people who could use some extra help, both informal carers and elderly people asking for help. Branch managers Marja Soons and Yvonne Koot of Saar aan Huis in The Hague want to make a difference with additional informal care.

Saar aan Huis can be seen as an addition to home care or informal care. “We are complementary to each other. For example, we help with light housework, do the shopping together, take a walk and accompany the client to the hospital. By doing this for them, our clients can live much longer and more comfortably at home.”

The name Saar aan Huis is inspired by Miss Saartje from the well-known TV series Swiebertje. As a central figure in the household, Saartje was loved by everyone. She put things in order and ensured peace, regularity, cleanliness and fun. This is exactly what Saar aan Huis strives for in the relationship between the elderly and informal carers.

Against loneliness

The Saars or Brammen, as the carers of Saar aan Huis are called, are really there for the client and can mean a lot to them. “Many elderly people are lonely and need help. Then it is very nice if you get company and attention.”

What is important for clients: you always see the same person. “A real buddy, you build a friendship with it,” says Marja. “We take a good look at which Saar suits them. That is why there is a personal intake beforehand, so that we know what character and hobbies someone has. This makes it an optimal match for both the client and the Saar or Bram.”

They are reviving

Due to the arrival of a Saar, the elderly can often continue to live at home for years to come. They are extremely grateful that they can stay in their own familiar environment. Often they revive completely.

That also happened to a lady of 90 years. Yvonne says: “The children were at a loss, they wanted to have their mother admitted to a nursing home, but the lady did not want that. They called in several Saars and they now come there twice a day. You don’t know what you see: the lady even goes to the beach under supervision for a cup of coffee or a nice fish. An enormous reassurance for the children.”

Aspired heart

According to Marja and Yvonne anyone with a passionate heart and interest in people can become 90Saar or Bram. “In addition, it is nice if you speak Dutch correctly. Almost all clients suffer from poor hearing,” says Marja. Yvonne adds that life experience is also extremely important. “So that you can put yourself in the shoes of the elderly, because the average age is around 90 years. Then it is nice if you have already seen a bit of the world.” The ladies indicate that a care background is not necessary. But if you have worked in healthcare as a graduate, you are of course also very welcome to register.

Beautiful human work

Marja and Yvonne get a lot of energy from their work. Especially because it is such a beautiful human work. Marja: “It is fantastic to dedicate yourself to your fellow human beings. And we make several people happy: the client likes the attention, the family is very happy to be unburdened and De Saar likes to work for the vulnerable elderly.”

Yvonne totally agrees with her. It is in her blood to help fellow human beings. “I think it’s great that we support someone in the final phase. “We often get the children of clients on the phone when they are already through it. How nice is it that we can help them and the parent. Then children can just be children again.”

Need Saar or Bram or work for Saar aan Huis?

Are you or do you know someone who could use the help of a Saar or Bram in The Hague, Wassenaar or Leidschendam-Voorburg?

Request additional informal care now from Saar aan Huis. Have you become enthusiastic about Yvonne and Marja’s story and would you like to roll up your sleeves to help the elderly at home? Register quickly as Saar or Bram.


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