Business inspired by thoughts of Mum


Before Oamaru woman Bev Nuttall’s mother died three years ago, she visited her every day to make sure she was well looked after and had what she needed.
That is the reason Ms Nuttall has set up her own business, Lend a Hand, which offers companionship services for Oamaru’s senior citizens.
Services offered will include friendly and supportive conversation, planning social activities, support with light exercise, active thinking, an errand and transport service, menu planning and meal preparation, help with pets and assistance with correspondence.
Ms Nuttall also provides a homemaker service, which covers jobs such as light gardening, ironing and household cleaning.
Lend a Hand is run in conjunction with her other business, Home PA, which offers similar services including pick-ups and drop-offs.
She said she wanted to expand on Home PA.
“I thought I could tweak it a bit when I was thinking about my mum, who died three years ago. Me and my sisters used to go and see her every day to see if she was OK.”
Ms Nuttall felt there was a need for the service in Oamaru, given the town’s growing elderly population.
“We are an ageing population and I think we need to help with that.
“It’s that personal touch … if they are generally stuck at home and can’t drive anywhere, or they don’t have family here, my idea is to go one step further and go into their home and help them so they can rest assured they are getting well looked after.
“I just want to make a difference and make someone’s day.”
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