Role of a Jems companion

Role of a Jems companion

You need to be kind and compassionate with a happy and positive demeanour.

You must be able to speak clearly and have a good understanding of English.

You will be responsible, trustworthy and reliable, providing comfort, security and peace of mind for your host and their family.

You will have a good understanding of the needs of the elderly.

You will not be expected to provide personal care, do any heavy lifting or administering of medications (but can be a reminder if needed).

You will be provided with full board and your own bedroom and you can expect to have 2 full days off a week, if you have a placement of 2 weeks or more.

“You can raise your potential, when you help someone to reach their potential.”


2 references:
- 1 from a previous/current employer
- 1 character reference from a person who has known you for 5 years or more (not a relative).We will need email/telephone numbers so we can contact them directly.

Passport or visa entitling you to work in the U.K.

Up to date Criminal record check (DBS).

Driving license (if you have one).

We recommend you have your own public liability insurance.

It is your responsibility to sort out your PAYE and NI as you are self-employed. Visit for further information.

A registration fee of £25 is charged as a one-off payment by Jems companions on securement of first placement

To register as a companion click here.

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What will be expected of you as a companion:

  • Help with general housework and laundry
  • Helping with meal preparation
  • Accompany your host on outings and to appointments
  • Run general errands for your host
  • Provide a steadying hand for your host
  • Participate in hobbies and interests with your host
  • Shop for weekly essentials
  • Most importantly providing friendship and emotional support

This list is not exhaustive and is dependent on the needs of your host.


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