Benefits of Hiring a Home Care Companion for an Older Adult

When mom or dad is struggling with the effects of getting older and losing their independence, many families grapple with keeping them at home or moving to a senior community. When mom or dad is not ready to move, keeping them at home and hiring a home care companion can provide a great solution. These ‘caregivers’ not only provide them with physical assistance, but with the emotional support and help with the routine aspects of daily life as well.

Having an in-home companion will provide:

Personal companionship

If there is one thing that becomes clear as someone ages, it’s the far-reaching benefits of friendship. How nice is it for that elderly person to now have a ‘friend’ who can interact with them, drive them places and ‘watch over them’. Companionship is an important part of any in-home health care services.

Safe transportation

At some point, most aging adults lose their driving privileges. A personal care companion can take your loved one shopping,  and can accompany them for errands, meetings, social events, etc.

Sustained independence

By providing ongoing, consistent care, personal caregivers are able to help aging individuals continue living independently, comfortably and socially at home. A little extra support can be all that is needed to extend an older adult’s sense of independence in his or her own home, and this goes a long way toward improving their outlook on life and boosting self-confidence. Most aging individuals are comforted by being in familiar surroundings where they have spent much of their life, and a professional caregiver can help them stay there longer than they would be able to on their own.

Accountability

An in-home aide will be able to keep an eye on your parent and notice when they are not eating properly, suddenly losing weight, missing medication doses, forgetting to turn the oven off, etc. Particularly in situations where an older adult has a hard time communicating about capabilities or changes that they are experiencing, this kind of accountability can make a significant difference in protecting them from unintentional self-harm.

Your own peace of mind

Whether you are living in the same town, an hour away or on the other side of the country, it is hard not to worry about your loved one when you cannot be there. A home care companion provides the one-on-one personalized care that you are not able to offer, giving you priceless peace of mind. A companion stands in the place of a family member or other loved one, helping your parent, grandparent, aunt or other relative feel taken care of and safe.

If your loved one wants to remain in their home, and you’ve had concerns about their ability to live independently, consider the benefits that could come from hiring a companion.

 

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