Companion care for seniors

Seniors want independence as they age. It’s not unusual for seniors to experience challenges such as limited mobility, cognitive decline, or isolation after the death of their partners or friends. While some older adults may not require daily medical attention, they might still need support with daily activities and social interactions. This is where companion care comes into play.

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Stephan Baldwin, the founder of Assisted Living Center, says that not all families live close together. It can be difficult to find time during the day to care for someone’s needs. “It is a good idea to have someone experienced watch over your loved ones so that they are well looked after throughout the day.

This article will cover everything you need to know regarding companion care. It can be used to help an aging loved one.

What is companion care?

Brittany Ferri is an occupational therapist who specializes in geriatric care. Companionship services is exactly as it sounds: companion care. It’s care that comes in the form a friend and keeps you company. She says that this does not include providing skilled medical care such as personal hygiene, bathing or assistance with toileting.

It is instead a service that aims to improve the quality of senior’s lives by providing social, emotional and physical support. You can schedule it hourly, daily, or weekly. Baldwin explains that companions may be able to provide this type of care either as a paid social worker or volunteer.

A companion caregiver can take on the duties

Many people mistakenly think of caregivers as someone who is a specialist in cleaning or health. Baldwin explains that companion caregivers are not one of these.

He says that caregivers can be like friends who can be relied on emotionally, depending on the needs of the individual. A caregiver can help the person with mobility issues move around and do general housework.

Companion carers are not able to provide medical aid. Ferri says that companion carers do provide basic but valuable tasks to seniors who are independent. These duties can include:

  • Helping with errands You can think of grocery shopping, medical transport to doctor’s appointments, and trips to the pharmacist.
  • Household chores: These could include washing dishes, vacuuming and dusting.
  • How to organize your home or living space: Safety first.
  • Keep your family in touch: They send correspondence to those who are worried and want to check in.
  • Activities to keep seniors entertained and engaged: Seniors might engage in games, cards, movies, knitting, coloring and other activities to pass the time.
  • Planning and scheduling oversight: This could include social activities in the home or outings to senior centers or recreation centres nearby.

What is companion care and how does it differ from home health aide work?

Companion caregivers perform basic activities with seniors. Gail Weatherill is a registered nurse who supports dementia caregivers. She also provided companion care for a friend.

  1. Companions
  2. Assistants to nurses
  3. Licensed nurses

Companions offer supervision to ensure safety and help with tasks that don’t require any hands-on intervention. She says that companions are not required to have any special training and that their care is not regulated under federal or state law. There are no licensing or certification programs to become a companion.

Weatherill explained that laws can vary from one state to the next. However, the main difference between companions or other levels of home care is the level of care needed by the client. She explains that tasks such as toileting, bathing, and feeding require hands on intervention. These are not routine tasks that a companion would perform.

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