How Companions for the Elderly Can Help

companions for the elderlyWe are a few months into the new year, and people are working just as hard as they always have to ensure that they are making ends meet. Unfortunately, as a result, the demographic of adults over the age of 65 are often overlooked by their family members. The good news is that companions for the elderly can provide the assistance and care your loved one need when you are not able to be there.

The Increasing Senior Population

The senior population has been growing at an increasing rate over the past decade. In 2006, the United States Census predicted that the 65 and older population of the country will be double by2030. This means that 1 in every 5 individuals in the United States will be at least 65 years old. This demographic will have over 72 million people. The fastest growing sector will be the age group that is over 85 years old. The increased lifespans are due to people living healthier lives.

As a result, there will be an increase in companions for the elderly services across the country.

Despite living longer and healthier lives, many seniors feel as though they are being neglected by their family. They believe there are few people who are assisting them in their golden years, and in many circumstances this is true. Sadly, it is not uncommon to hear media reports of the elderly who have not had the necessary assistance, lack of care and/or little access to resources and people.

How Senior Home Care Agencies Can Help

Although in home care is still a growing industry, it provides necessary and critical services to the community. Most agencies provide a type of respite care, long term care, short term care and hourly care. There is usually a minimum hourly charge required, and it can vary from 2 to 4 hours. Holiday and weekend care is also available.

These services become important when families need to have a respite when they are not able to provide the care, or simply need a break from the daily caregiving.

These agencies provide assistance and services that will allow seniors to remain independent and active. Light housework, medication reminders, companionship and transportation are just some of the services that may be provided.

Companions for the elderly services offer families the peace of mind they need in knowing their elderly loved one is being well cared for. Search online and ask for referrals to find a compassionate and professional agency in your area.

For more information about our services, contact us and speak with one of our friendly representatives.