Finding companionship can be challenging as we age.
Socialization opportunities we all rely on hobbies, clubs, and extracurriculars can become challenging due to mobility, transportation, or health issues, while those that depend on the workplace for social interaction often find themselves isolated and lonely following a hard-earned retirement.
So what can seniors and their support systems do to ensure they maintain a happy, healthy, and engaging social life? For millions of aging Americans, the solution is clear — and we’re exploring it in this blog!
An in-home personal companion provides a range of services for the aging and elderly.
They help with day-to-day personal tasks such as dressing, bathing, and meal assistance while also supporting mobility needs in, around, and outside the home.
But their role goes beyond just physical support – they provide invaluable companionship that fosters the social connections we all need for a fulfilling, healthy life.
In-home companion care services also provide services like appointment and errand transportation, exercise and physical therapy support, medication management assistance, and light housekeeping and domestic duties.
Caregivers and companions are best visualized as two sides of the same coin.
Both types of professionals are committed to creating happy, healthy, and well-rounded day-to-day experiences for aging and elderly individuals. They differ, however, in their scope of care.
Caregivers, which can include nurses, doctors, physical therapists, etc., typically provide specialized medical care, like diagnoses, medication disbursement, wound and pain management, etc.
These services require advanced education and licensing that is not required for personal companions.
Personal companions, on the other hand, prioritize smoothing and streamlining challenging day-to-day tasks that create frustration, stress, depression, and anxiety for elderly individuals.
While these tasks do not require medical licenses, they’re essential for supporting the mental and social health of aging and elderly individuals.
The duties of a personal companion typically include, but are not limited to:
The benefits of having a home companion are as multifaceted as the services they provide.
While the best benefits will vary according to personal needs, abilities, and support systems, the most commonly reported benefits of an in-home companion include:
Many of our patients’ families share they struggled to figure out how to find a companion for elderly and aging loved ones. Here are our top three tips for finding a personal companion for the elderly near me with minimal stress or confusion.
Senior Home Companions has provided world-class support, companionship, and service to aging and elderly members of our community for more than 30 years.
We’re proud of our spotless performance record and industry-leading reputation in Southwest Florida and Central Indiana.
If you’re considering in-home personal companionship for yourself or a loved one and have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out today for a free assessment. Contact us today.