The Benefits of Companion Care

PEX2091.TIFInformal Family Care-giving Vs. Professional Companion Care: What is the Best Choice?

In our lives, we may have elder relatives who need care. It can be an elderly parent who cannot get around as much as he or she used to, or it could also be someone who has suffered a debilitating illness and can no longer manage life’s daily activities on their own. If you have a person in your life who may be experiencing these situations, perhaps providing a care companion who could assist with those daily activities would help bring a respite relief for both the patient and the family.

Most often, the job of taking care of the family member in need is shared by the family. This can sometimes include taking the person into one’s home so they are not alone. This is essentially the meaning of care-giving, and can sometimes take a toll on the whole family because they have to go about their daily lives, as well as caring for an additional person. This can sometimes cause stress on the family and cause tension between family members. If you are caring for a loved one, perhaps it would be good to consider hiring a care companion.

Companion care is like hiring a professional caregiver who has been trained in the basics of basic care-giving plus a little more, as well as basic house care and transportation to appointments and shopping. Consider the differences between the informal care-giving and companion care.

1) Peace of mind – this is one of the strongest selling points of companion care. If one goes for appointing a family member as a caregiver, it might mean that the person would also need additional support since the family member may not have sufficient training. Also, the assignment might be done in shifts since each person in the family has their own life to live.

With companion care, the person is trained well, and their main priority is to take care of the one who needs help. The tasks that they do can vary, from assisting the one in need in taking their bath and getting ready for the day to going to doctor appointments and grocery shopping.

2) Comfort – the recipient of the care is, most of the time, aware of his surroundings, and knows when he is being an inconvenience to others. This often leads to frustration and even depression on his part since he thinks that he is a burden to others, and this depression can even manifest physically and cause further complications.

This can be avoided through companion care. Not only does he get good, one on one care from his companion, but he also earns a friend, because that is what companion care provides. It gives the one in need a person to be familiar with. The companion will also be able to read the “patient’s” mind at times and work around the moods of the person ones they are familiar enough with each other.

3) Training – caregivers who are part of the family are often not too adept in the medical field, and would need to be taught how to do certain tasks such as taking blood pressure and providing hygiene care.

Those who are hired through companion care are trained not just in first aid, but in other areas such as drug interactions and even household safety preparations.

Care-giving and companion care both have their benefits. It would be good to consider both to make the best solution for you, even if that means mixing it up a bit such as getting a companion for the weekdays and being available during the weekend. This might be a difficult decision, but in the end we will always need to give the best for the ones we love.

 

alteritivelogoAlternative Ways Senior Services offers a unique alternative to the traditional senior care-giving experience. We offer an array of services and activities as well as a custom tailored program to suit the needs of the individual.

 

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Suzanne is the Program Coordinator for Alternative Ways Senior Services - Fresno

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