‘Because of us they can live comfortably at home for longer’

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 Groningen there are many people who could use some extra help, both informal carers and elderly people asking for help. Berthine Brummer of Saar aan Huis in Groningen wants to make a difference with additional private informal care.

You can see Saar aan Huis as an addition to home care or informal care. Berthine explains: “We are complementary to each other.”

“If home care no longer gets around to something, we pick it up from there and take over tasks from informal carers. For example, we do the shopping, we cook and we fold the laundry. But we also walk together, have a long listening ear, take a trip or go to the hairdresser or a doctor’s visit. In this way, we support the elderly so that they can continue to live at home as long and comfortably as possible.”


In addition to Saars, Brammen also work at Saar aan Huis. They are the male service providers. Saars and Brammen are there to unburden you. As a result, the client has a nice day and their carers have time to do fun things with their partner or parents. In some cases, Saar aan Huis can be (partly) reimbursed by additional health insurance or by means of a PGB from the Long-Term Care Act for people with a medical indication.


Berthine has a passion for working with the elderly in their final phase of life. “That phase is often quite complicated, you have a lot to deal with. Health problems and loneliness, for example. I like that we can be of significance to the elderly with this work.”

All the puzzle pieces fell into place

Berthine ended up at Saar aan Huis purely by chance. “Together with my brothers, I was looking for care for our mother after surgery. My youngest brother knew Saar at home and the concept immediately appealed to me. In March 2015, six weeks after the first introduction to Saar aan Huis, I started as an independent entrepreneur. All the puzzle pieces fell into place. Here I can do everything I am good at: listening, organizing and planning.”

Make the right match

Among other things, Berthine is responsible for matching a client with a Saar/Bram. “For us, making the right match and offering tailor-made solutions is very important. After all, every client (and every care request) is different. We always have a personal intake with the client and an introductory meeting also takes place with the Saar/Bram. Based on the wishes and needs of the client, we look at which Saar/Bram suits the client best.”

The profile of a Saar

To start working as Saar or as Bram, a diploma in healthcare is not a prerequisite. For Berthine, the most important thing is that you have a ‘caring heart’. “I consider myself lucky to have a wonderful team of Saars and Brammen, some of whom have also earned their spurs in home and hospital care. Their life experience, knowledge and skills are of invaluable added value to our clients. In addition, I think it is an advantage if Saars and Brammen have experience with dementia and/or Parkinson’s disease. Being flexible is nice; support is available from 2 hours a week to 24 hours a day and everything in between.”

Great advantages of a Saar or Bram at Home

According to Berthine, there are several advantages of a Saar or Bram. “First of all, it is nice for the client that he or she has a regular Saar or Bram. With us, a deal is a deal. In addition, we are flexible and we can offer care that is appropriate for any living or residential situation, even if it changes. We can switch quickly and therefore also provide quick care where necessary. Flexibility and also being able to scale up quickly if necessary, is an added value of Saar aan Huis.”

‘I really get energy from this’

A good example is when Berthine is called by someone from home care or an informal carer. “When I get a call, it usually means that the need is high. If that happens, and care has to be deployed in the (very) short term, I drop everything out of my hands to try to provide the request immediately. I often manage to solve the problem within a few hours or a day. That gives me a lot of energy.”

Berthine also gets a lot of energy from the beautiful things she sees or experiences during her work; there are too many to mention: “I remember well that I was going to bring a cake to a client whoe birthday fourth. This client is supported by our oldest Saar who is 78 years old. I also remember well that “my” 1e Bram went to work: both the client and Bram have a passion for boats; to this day, the Bram takes care of his client, and has been for almost 6 years.

Children can be children again

“It is nice to see that children can be children again and friends can be friends again through the presence of a Saar or Bram,” says Berthine. “The ‘to do’ list of jobs that is often ready on the table is now done by a Saar or Bram. This allows a client’s children and friends to enjoy the time they have together.”

Need or become Saar?

Are you or do you know someone who could use the help of a Saar? Apply now for additional informal care from Saar aan Huis. Have you become enthusiastic about the Berthine story and would you like to take care of the elderly yourself? Register quickly as Saar.

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