We believe that every older person has the ability and the right to lead a fulfilling life.

Viv Bagley with a Viva Independent Living client

Welcome to Viva Independent Living for the Elderly

Companionship service for seniors and elderly people in Edinburgh.

Viva understand that as people get older it isn’t always easy for them to do everything they would like to do – especially if they live on their own. This can affect not only them as an older person but also their family who want the best for their older relatives but may not be in a position to assist as much as they’d like.

Our objective is not to replace families but to complement them.

A professional companion can transform an older person’s life. Regular social contact not only empowers an elderly person, but having a companion can also reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness. This in turn leads to improved mental wellbeing, and a greater sense of independence.

We have two missions

To be a ray of sunshine to the person we visit.

We have succeeded when our clients look forward to seeing us. Our visit should uplift their day and let them feel good, laugh, smile, have a good chat, or do something they otherwise couldn’t. We help them feel part of the world rather than cut off from it.

To ease the burden on families.

Visiting an elderly relative as often as you would like can be difficult. Modern life is busy; many of us are juggling jobs, children, and many other things. Stress is never far away. This is where Viva Independent Living can step in. We don’t replace you, but we complement what you do so you know the older person you love is getting help from another source. This eases the strain on you.

What do we do?

Our companionship service for the elderly helps to provide the human contact which everyone needs. Sometimes simply having a good chat over a cup of tea is all that’s required to keep social isolation at bay. However there’s more;

We hug. We talk about things that matter. We go shopping. We sort out problems, we put the world to rights. We go for walks and visit places together.

We can accompany your loved one on hospital visits. This means family members don’t have to take time off work – so you can relax and use your time together for things you both enjoy.

We read to your relative, we hold their hand, we laugh with them. We sort out stuff they can’t cope with any more.

And we always let you know how they are, after a visit.

What areas do we cover?

Viva Independent Living provides its companionship services throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

All our services are available on a regular or one-off basis. This flexibility gives you choice and peace of mind knowing that we can help your loved one on a regular basis or just when a particular need arises.