Is it time to hire Companion Services for your elderly loved one? Here are four questions to ask yourself when considering companion services.
1. How often is my loved one alone?
Does your mom live by herself, or with someone else? How often does she have visitors? These are all important. As we explored in an earlier blog, studies suggest that seniors who partake in social activities such as playing games, engaging in conversation, and even dancing all help to keep the mind sharp and prevent degenerative brain diseases.
So, if your mom spends more than 5 days of the week alone, she would greatly benefit from companion services. After all, we aren’t just nurses and hospice—we’re friends, and some even call us family.
2. Does my loved one need additional assistance?
Does your dad constantly forget to take his medication, or your Great Aunt need help lifting more than 25 pounds at a given time? Sometimes we take everyday health and routines for granted. When you opt for companion services, our employees are dedicated to helping seniors maintain their current lifestyle, which means we are there to remind them to take medication or lift the heavy box to its rightful spot in the garage.
3. In case of emergency, what would happen to my loved one?
Does your elderly family member live far from you? How often do you visit? What would happen if your loved one slipped and fell in his or her house and couldn’t get to the phone?
Companion services are scheduled to come check on your loved one, or in some cases, living with your loved one, so you have the peace of mind that your senior relative is in good hands and being cared for.
4. What does my loved one want?
Does your elderly relative refuse senior assisted living like a retirement or nursing home? Does he or she want to remain in his or her own home, regardless of whether or not he/she can care for himself or herself?
Companion services are the perfect compromise. While your relative remains living at home, one of our companions will assist with living routines and care, while also providing company and friendship.
Sometimes the decision to care for elderly relatives can be difficult, but companion services make that choice much easier for both the elderly, and the family caring for their senior relative.