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Elderly Companion Care

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November 29, 2022

Seniors can be reluctant to receive care when they truly need it because they don’t want to leave the comfort of their own homes. Luckily, they don’t have to. In-home care provides a variety of services so aging adults can receive the assistance they need while also being comfortable with their living situation. The types of in-home care go beyond helping with tasks and can even provide companionship to isolated seniors. If your loved one needs day-to-day assistance and could use a friend, companion care may be the right option for them.

What is Companion Care?

Companion Care is a type of service seniors can receive at home if they need assistance with essential activities. The purpose of a companion caregiver is to make life easier and safer for the elderly at home. For example, if your loved one has difficulty with transportation, a caregiver can assist your loved one with running errands such as grocery shopping and picking up medications. They also make aging in place possible by helping with activities your loved one needs help with around the home. This could include planning and preparing meals, maintaining housekeeping duties, and offering medication reminders.

Companion Care is also meant to improve life in other ways, hence the word “companion.” Caregivers can act as a friend to your loved one whether it’s by being their partner in their favorite activity, accompanying them to appointments and other outings, or just engaging in friendly conversations. Seniors heavily experience social isolation and a friend can really make a difference in their well-being. Social isolation can raise the risk of health issues and mortality in older adults. Companion caregiving can help prevent this by providing social interaction and regular companionship for isolated seniors.

Companion Caregiving vs. Personal Caregiving

You may have not realized there are different types of in-home care. It can be helpful to know the difference between services, so you can pick the one ideal for your loved one’s situation.

Companion caregiving entails assistance with activities such as doing laundry, making meals, running errands, and housekeeping. Their purpose is to allow aging adults to age in place by helping with tasks they may no longer be able to do on their own anymore. However, this form of care does not apply to physical assistance with activities such as bathing, toileting, or dressing.

Personal care provides physical assistance to clients in addition to covering all the duties of companion caregiving. Seniors with a severe loss of mobility would benefit from personal care. Personal care services also involve non-medical assistance for chronic health conditions (diabetes, Parkinson’s, etc.).

Most seniors are comfortable aging in place with companion caregiving. However, personal care would be the best option for your loved one if they need advanced care or physical assistance.

Assess your elderly family member’s situation and discuss what type of caregiving service they would benefit from. 1+1 Cares provides more information on what to expect from in-home care and how to hire a caregiver.

1+1 Cares is a referral agency that works for clients and caregivers. We match caregivers with clients and inform them of your requirements. We work for you so you and your loved one can have a safe, enjoyable caregiving experience.

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