Companionship for Seniors in Your Home

companionship for seniorsCompanionship for seniors is an in-home care service that primarily offers clients emotional support as well as companionship. These are seniors who are generally in good health and they want to stay in their own homes. However, this type of care can also offer clients additional services that can help make their lives easier to manage. The services can include light housekeeping, meal preparation and medication reminders.

Although the care is primarily geared towards seniors who still live in their homes, it can also be provided to those who live in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Companionship for seniors can be provided by professionals with labels such as “homemakers” and “PCAs” (personal care assistants).

Companionship for Seniors Services

These services are exactly what the name implies. They provide companionship to seniors. The seniors will have someone to talk and share stories with. Puzzles and games such as scrabble and crossword puzzles can help keep seniors mental acuity in check.

Other services can include:

  • Planning social events
  • Meal preparation
  • Family interaction assistance
  • Transportation assistance

Who Provides These Services?

There are several professionals who provide these companion services to seniors. Certified home healthcare agencies offer medical and nonmedical services. These types of agencies are highly regulated by both state and federal governments.

Non-licensed agencies provide nonmedical services, while self-employed contractors can be directly hired by a family member. Self-employed contractors are typically not licensed.

What to Consider When Choosing Companion Services?

As you begin to create a short list for providers, there are several questions that you should ask. Some of these questions may include:

  • Does the homecare agency offer additional services?
  • Is there an agency that is recommended by your loved one’s physician, nurse or other medical professional?
  • Does the homecare agency offer free in-home assessments?
  • Does it provide 24 hour care/services?
  • Are background checks performed on staff and employees?
  • How is client care plans developed?
  • Will the same caregiver be assigned to your loved one?
  • Are there payment options?

Companionship for seniors enables elders to live a more independent life. It can also prevent them from having to relocate to a long term care facility. Choose the option that is best suited for your loved one.

Contact us today to learn more about our companionship services.