Companion Care - Company and Comfort in a New Season of Life

December 4, 2014

In each season of life we cross paths with many different people. Family, friends, co-workers, and associates become a part of our everyday journey. But when you enter a new season of life, you may feel isolated as those you depend on are no longer near. Whether you are enjoying independent living or residing at an assisted living facility, it’s easy to feel lonely, depressed or even to stop caring about your own well-being. Thankfully, there is something you can do.

What is companion care?

Companion care is becoming poplar for people who need an extra hand around the house, social interaction or just someone to spend time with them and listen. Companion care does not replace medical care or meet personal care needs like bathing and eating. It’s a better fit for people who are living at home or would like to remain home and have few medical needs.

How could companion care help me?

Companions can visit you to help with a variety of needs including:

  • Helping you pay bills
  • Answering the phone
  • Shopping and making meals
  • Housekeeping and small repairs
  • Taking care of your pets
  • Arranging transportation to physical therapy or rehabilitation
  • Reminding you to take your medications.

Visits from a companion can also bring a fun lift to your day by playing a game of cards with you, reading to you, putting together puzzles, or simply going on a walk with you.

Your family may also find companion care reassuring because companions can check in with you, make sure you are safe and comfortable and give a general update on how you are doing.

Where can I find companion care?

Your safety and security are of utmost importance when bringing someone new into your home. Certified agencies in your area can help you find companion care to meet your needs. These elderly care, home care and hospice agencies are regulated and can direct you to the best resources. Other companies offer companion care services, too, but may not be certified. Remember to ask if the company performs background checks, drug tests, and if the employees are insured. Ask for references. The more information you have the more confidence you will have in finding the right companion for you.

For more information or advice on companion care, contact our team at Doverwood Village at 513-777-1400.


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