Perhaps you’ve noticed your loved one’s living environment starting to decline – counters are dirty, shelves undusted. Or perhaps their health is declining as they grow older and they forget to take their medications. Whatever the signs, you’re beginning to wonder if your loved one needs help around the house. Companionship care and homemaking offer just that: nonclinical assistance for those who need it, without leaving the comfort of their home.
Companionship and Homemaking Services can help with tasks such as doing the laundry or taking out the garbage, to reading or playing cards. Professionals in companionship care and homemaking services serve as another able body within the home. They’re available to help remind patients when to take their medications, keep up around the house, and even drive someone to an appointment. These two services differ slightly in how they work.
The purpose of companionship care is to offer company to our patients.
Companions may help with certain household chores, such as laying out towels before a shower, but their primary purpose is to spend time with the patient. Grown children may want to hire companions to keep an eye on their aging parents, for example.
Some of the services offered by companionship care include:
- Reading books aloud
- Playing games
- Accompanying the patient for walks or outdoor activities
- Letter writing
- Monitoring the home
Benefits of Companionship Care
From taking away loneliness to ensuring proper nutrition, companionship care and homemaking have many benefits for your loved ones. If you suspect your loved one isn’t eating well, for example, having a homemaker available to cook nutritious meals can help to turn your family member’s health around. Here are just a few benefits these services offer:
- Mental (cognitive) stimulation
- Increased mobility due to transportation services
- Improvement in health, both physical and mental
- Safety Supervision