If you’re considering partnering with a care companion for yourself or an aging loved one, you probably have a lot of questions.
Companion care can be a confusing industry to understand without prior exposure or experience.
But never fear! We’re going to answer some of the most common questions we’ve encountered over our 30 years in business so you can make an informed and confident decision.
Companion care is a popular style of non-medical assistance that provides elderly, injured, chronically ill, and disabled individuals with a wide range of companionship and personal care-based services designed to help them lead happy, healthy, and well-rounded lives.
The duties of companion care professionals can vary significantly depending on the service provider that employs them, the state you or your loved one resides in, and the level of companionship care needed.
However, there are a few universal duties that any high-quality companion would surely provide to their patients. These common duties can be sorted into four distinct yet interconnected categories: companionship, non-medical care, day-to-day support, and lifestyle enhancements.
While both caregivers and companions provide essential services to aging adults, their roles and responsibilities rarely overlap.
Caregivers, like nurses, in-home health aides, doctors, and physical therapists, provide skilled medical care that often requires advanced training, certifications, and licensing. They’re responsible for tasks like medication management, rehabilitation, examinations, and making diagnoses.
Companions, on the other hand, are responsible for the emotional, mental, and domestic well-being of their patients. Instead of providing direct medical care, companions fill the gaps left by skilled providers to ensure you or your loved one enjoy well-rounded and comprehensive care.
The benefits of companionship care can’t be understated — especially for aging and elderly individuals.
The rising rates of loneliness, anxiety, isolation, and depression among America’s elderly population highlight an urgent need for reliable solutions to address their mental and emotional challenges. Personal care companions solve these alarming issues by providing aging and older adults an essential outlet for socialization, conversation, recreation, and emotional and mental support.
Care companions can also take the stress out of daily tasks many older adults find challenging, like personal care, housekeeping, meal planning and preparation, and running errands.
The additional layer of support provided by companion care also removes the onus of caregiving from friends and loved ones while still ensuring the side effects of aging, chronic illnesses, injuries, or mental and physical limitations don’t hinder your or your loved one’s ability to enjoy a low-stress, fulfilling, and engaging lifestyle.
Without the right support, finding a companion for your elderly mother can quickly become a stress-filled and overwhelming experience.
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The reality is these activities can only provide so much insight and guidance.
That’s why we always recommend reaching out to companion providers in your area directly. Ask them about their approach to companion care, their service options, and what they look for when hiring new companions. Use your best judgment to find a provider that aligns with your mother’s needs, desires, and values.
Senior Home Companions has been providing personalized, exceptional, and consistent support to aging and elderly individuals for more than three decades.
If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of companionship or simply have questions about how we can improve the lives of you and your loved ones, contact us today.