What is Companionship? How do Companionship services differ from Retirement Homes?
Today we talk about why companionship is important.
What are Companion Services?
Companion Services help seniors maintain their current lifestyle and continue to live at home when they may need more assistance as they age. Our clients range from live-in care for seniors, all the way to assisting with a day of errands and doctor’s appointments.
Companions Services are not hospice nurses. We believe that seniors who want to maintain their independence, live in their own home, and continue their current lifestyle should have the ability to do just that.
Imagine living a lifetime—growing up, moving out of the house, falling in love, creating and caring for a family, and then slowly growing older, perhaps even losing your spouse. Joints start to ache, the mind grows forgetful, and the body slowly starts betraying its resident. After a lifetime of independence, companion services are the perfect compromise of independence and assistance when needed.
Companion services are designed to give seniors the assistance they need to live on their own, while also providing a sense of confidence and comfort to the family that their elder is being cared for and safe.
Why are Companion Services Important?
As discussed in a previous article, studies suggest that intellectually stimulating conversations and playing games can help to prevent degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia. This means that living with someone, and constant human interaction, is one of the best ways to keep the mind sharp and prevent symptoms of degenerative brains diseases.
Additionally, companion services are also a sense of independence and security for the senior. Companion services aren’t just nurses caring for a numbers in hospital beds, they are friends who work one-on-one with each individual. In home assistance is about helping an elder to maintain his or her current lifestyle, while providing the assistance and security he or she needs.
Also, a companion is built-in company, a friend to talk to, someone to visit with and a helping hand. To all home health providers, their careers are more than just paychecks—each senior becomes family.
Families also benefit greatly from companion services as well. Live-in companions will escort the senior to doctor’s appointments, help grocery shopping, run errands, and also help around the house. Companions are there to help a senior cook, clean, remember medicine, and also talk, play games, and provide company.
Companionship: A Compromise to Nursing Homes
To some people, retirement homes are not an option for living. Only 5-8% of people aged 65 or older opt for retirement home living. So, where does that leave seniors in terms of living? The majority are living on their own, or with their families. However, many families have neither the time, nor the resources, to assist their senior family member with day-to-day activities.
The answer? Companion services provide the perfect balance of independence and company for seniors, as well as a sense of security for their families.