The role of a companion is to provide a better quality of life for seniors with friendly connections and assistance with daily activities. For socially isolated seniors, a companion is often essential in battling depression and feelings of loneliness. Companionship care offers social connection and emotional support for seniors to age peacefully in place.
More and more seniors choose to remain in their homes as they age. However, they may need support as daily activities become more challenging and social connections decrease. In-home caretakers assist with everything from transportation, medication monitoring, cooking, cleaning, bathing, and personal hygiene. A companion helps with some of these items. But their main role is to be a friendly shoulder to lean on. Having a friend to listen to your stories and help you feel less alone is invaluable for many seniors.
The Benefits of Companion Care
Relief From Social Isolation
One-fourth of seniors aged 65 and older suffer from social isolation. The factors that lead to social isolation include living alone, loss of family and friends, and chronic illness. Seniors living in isolation are prone to depression, anxiety, loneliness, and increased health risks. Older people capable of caring for themselves are less likely to interact with other people because they do not require regular caregiving services. Consequently, if depression or other physical or cognitive issues develop, they may be overlooked for some time. Companionship care offers friendship and someone familiar with your loved one’s daily routines and emotional well-being.
Family caregivers often help aging family members while denying care for themselves. At the risk of burnout, family caregivers have to find a way to navigate work, childcare, personal needs, and caretaking responsibilities. All this takes an emotional toll on the caregiver. Sometimes they need to step away to tend to their personal lives or maybe just seek a moment of relaxation. Respite care is a way for caretakers to take care of themselves while their loved one receives attention from a companion caregiver.
Positive Social Interaction
Companionship care gives your loved one something that friends and family alone cannot provide. The relationship between a companion and an aging person is unique because there are no expectations between the two people except simply being there for one another. There is more of an agenda with in-home caregivers that can leave seniors feeling like a burden, like something that needs to be taken care of. With a companion, the most important part of the plan is to be together. It’s that simple. Sometimes older people, especially those living an isolated life because of mobility or health concerns, just need a friend to sit and play cards with, talk about their favorite television show and share the space.
Nutrition and Exercise
Companion caregivers give more than just social and emotional support. Nutrition and exercise are important factors in healthy aging, yet many older people struggle with malnutrition and mobility issues. Companions provide additional support for seniors by helping out with meal planning and preparation and encouraging daily activities like going for a walk to promote mobility and strength. The health and well-being of seniors increase dramatically with the support of a companion by their side.
Companionship Provides Social Connection
Companion care varies depending on the individual’s needs, but the benefits are the same. Studies show that staying socially connected is one of the best ways for seniors to remain healthy and happy. Spending meaningful time with a companion alleviates loneliness and depression for older people. The positive effects of these social and emotional connections increase an aging person’s quality of life. Sometimes we just need a friend to make the days feel less lonely and the hard times a little less hard.
If your loved one is growing older without the benefit of a healthy social life or finds leaving the house difficult to do on their own, a companion could offer a lifeline to the world outside. The separation from friends, family, and social activities negatively affects a person’s well-being. The main objective of a companion is to encourage conversation, participate in activities important to your loved one, and help engage them in a way that stimulates their mind and heart.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and more independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.