Companion Care – Companions provide assistance with daily living activities when family and friends are not available. These services are “companion” and provide an “extra pair of hands” that can be the difference between staying in your own home and moving to an assisted living facility.
The Importance of Companion Care
Companion Care – Did you know that recent research reveals there’s a surprisingly strong link between social needs and health—even longevity?
In one survey, four out of five physicians (85 percent) report that unmet social needs directly lead to worse health. The doctors say a patient’s social needs are just as important to address as their medical conditions. If these physicians could write prescriptions to cover their patients’ social needs, these scripts would account for 1 out of every 7 prescriptions they’d write.
Of course, your aging parent’s physician cannot write a prescription to cure their isolation and loneliness. Overcoming these emotional challenges can be difficult for seniors, especially if they live alone. As seniors age, they often lose touch with others due to special circumstances. This also limits their ability to travel, drive a car or otherwise stay connected to family and friends.
But there is an answer. For many seniors, home care fills the social gap created by growing older. Senior home companion care providers monitor and protect a senior’s safety, besides their health and wellness. They handle everyday household tasks, and provide much-needed social interaction. Elderly companions meet an aging parent’s social needs by providing supportive conversation, while helping to plan social outings. They can additionally provide a little friendly encouragement to do light exercise and stay mentally active.
Friendly & Supportive Conversation
Seniors often long to reminisce. To relive happy memories, affirm who they are, or even gain insights about their life. Senior parent long to reminisce about life experiences, favorite personal stories and even grandchildren. An in-home companion caregiver can also be there as a friendly and attentive listener. Keeping them engaged in conversation which can help stimulate their memory.
Plan & Encourage Social Activities
Staying active and maintaining a level of independence are important for the health and happiness of your senior parent. Our home companions, are here to make the best of every moment for your family member or loved one. They can help plan visits with family and friends. Set play dates with children. Organize trips to the zoo, or shopping sprees. In addition to planing craft activities and making scrap-books. Companion caregivers can also help with scheduling vacations.
Encourage Light Exercise
We all know that exercise is a key to good health, but it may especially be true for seniors. When seniors participate in activities they enjoy, they can gain greater mobility, quality of life and independence. Nevertheless, they still may need a little motivation. Our senior companions can accompany your family member on walks. And encourage them to do regular light exercise.
Encourage Active Thinking
Research now shows staying mentally active can ward off much of the mental decline we associate with aging. As part of our companion services for seniors, our home companions can help structure pastimes, hobbies and games to keep your senior parent interactive, engaged and stimulated.