What comes to mind when you think about the word “companionship”? Community. Fellowship. Friendship. Since aging often results in severe limitations or even the loss of certain privileges such as driving, traveling, and visiting with friends, it’s crucial for seniors to maintain some sort of companionship, especially for those who live alone and may be isolated from others. Fortunately, there is a solution for seniors such as these–Companion Care.
Care and Support
Seniors need emotional support to stay as healthy, vital, and active as possible. Companion Care can provide this support for seniors who are healthy and prefer to remain in their homes, thereby retaining their independence. They actively encourage and support mental and physical health by providing companionship, conversation, and physical activity in order for seniors to enjoy increased mental clarity and physical strength and health. Seniors who regularly engage in leisure mental activities have been shown to have a decreased risk of suffering from dementia.
Seniors and their loved ones benefit from the services provided by Companion Care. The services offered help to reduce depression and offer an increased sense of security by knowing that someone is there to offer a helping hand or even just a sympathetic ear. Caregivers are often given a needed break from caring for their aging loved ones by relying on Companion Care’s services.
What Does Companion Care Do?
Senior Companions make it possible for seniors to live independently in their own homes while retaining their sense of dignity. These vital companions can assist with almost every task the aging adult faces–shopping, chores, making doctor appointments and arranging for transportation to those appointments, cooking, letter writing, paying bills, light housekeeping and maintenance (changing light bulbs), pet care, physical exercise, engaging in fun board or card games, or even just simple conversation. Senior Companions are invaluable when it comes to keeping the senior’s family members apprised of his or her overall mental and physical health, including any problems that may arise. While a Senior Companion offers many services, they should never be used as legal representatives or emergency contacts. Their role is to provide services for the aging adult and to keep the family informed of their loved one’s condition.
Where Can I Find A Senior Companion?
Volunteers over the age of 55 comprise the majority of Senior Companions. They are then placed with seniors in their community who are in need of their services. Over 37,000 seniors are benefiting from the 12,000 Senior Companions who offer their services free of charge. Other possible sources of finding Senior Companions include your local Hospice Agency/Agencies, as well as Certified Home Care Agencies. However, be aware that these agencies are strictly regulated by the federal government and may be limited in the services they are allowed to provide. Certain non-medical home services may be provided by non-certified and non-licensed home agencies. Self-employed independent contractors are typically hired privately by the family and are typically non-licensed.
Senior Companions are a vital resource for any aging adult who wants to remain independent, physically and mentally healthy, and physically and mentally active throughout their golden years.
Contact Caring Hands Matter For More Information
Our flexible staff can provide an assessment and home care visits that are scheduled around you and your family’s busy schedules. One of our trained, helpful, and courteous staff members can help determine your loved one’s needs during an in-home assessment. A compassionate, reliable Senior Companion is ready and available to help you and your aging loved one with all of your concerns and needs. Give us a call or send us a message online today.