Companion Care: Why It Matters
In a world that seems to spin ever faster year after year, life can be bewildering for seniors. Technology that turns pedestrians into ersatz zombies, staring at their handheld devices, new cars silently whooshing down the street, cultural shifts that make even a trip to the supermarket a confusing experience are realities those comfortably ensconced in middle age may fail to recognize as frightening stressors for anyone over 65.
Now imagine facing those changes by yourself, alone save the occasional visit from a friend or family member, themselves absorbed and distracted by the demands of their own busy lives. Growing older can be very lonely too!
Many of us overlook perhaps the most important benefit of in-home caregiving for seniors–and that is companionship. Sure, medication reminders and transportation to and from appointments and social occasions is important. If needed, help with daily hygiene is obviously essential. No one would deny that the safety and security of having a trained professional in-home with someone struggling with illness or the simple, age-related declines of motor and cognitive function that come with age would be unwelcome. And yet, what’s the best thing about having an in-home caregiver? The built in friend. After all, the power of human relationships is what drives us all. No matter how close a senior is with their family, typically family members just don’t have the time to provide that day-to-day companion care that is so critical to well being and functioning, no matter what one’s age.
With an in-home caregiver, an older person doesn’t have to face the world alone. Daily living no longer becomes an obstacle race, but rather something to be enjoyed and shared. A professional, well-trained caregiver is not just an employee, but someone who truly enjoys being around older people. We find companion care is not only valued by clients, but is seen by families and clients alike as the single most important element of a long term care plan, no matter what the diagnosis.