Social isolation and loneliness are real problems for elderly individuals across the globe. The feeling withdrawn or isolated can leave a negative impact on a person’s quality of life, well-being, and health. Loneliness is known to contribute to stress, anxiety disorders, or even depression. Friendship is one of the most valuable and important things in life for people of all ages – this is especially true for older adults. Over time, however, seniors may find it increasingly difficult to stay in touch with others due to various circumstances. For example, the individual may experience major lifestyle changes or long-time neighbors move away. At Elder Care of Boston, our home support professionals can provide the companion care your loved ones need.
Understanding Companion Care
Companion care is a type of home care that focuses on non-medical services and is designed for elderly individuals or people with disabilities. Also known as home health aides, personal care aides help with tasks such as medication management, dressing, bathing, and more. The primary goals of companion care also include:
- Creating opportunities for socialization and entertainment
- Providing emotional support
- Assisting in light housekeeping tasks
- Doing household chores like washing dishes and clothes
- Running errands (e.g., grocery shopping) and preparing meals
- Providing transportation to medical appointments and other recreational activities
- Communicating with other healthcare providers and family members
- … and more!
When does a Loved One need Companion Care?
Care companions provide invaluable emotional support and friendship for the elderly. A companion can be an ally, a confidant, and a friend who is present to play games, share meals, take walks around the block, swap stories, listen to music, or simply watch a beloved film with the client. It is important to note that not every older adult living alone requires companion care. Below are several circumstances where it may be helpful:
- The individual needs to be reminded of how and when to take their medication.
- The individual has recently lost a partner and is feeling depressed.
- The individual is becoming increasingly forgetful due to cognitive issues.
- The individual is experiencing mobility issues and may need help with daily activities.
- The individual feels isolated from immediate family members and needs more social interaction.
Why Choose Elder Care of Boston’s Home Support Team for Companion Care?
At Elder Care of Boston, we go beyond the basics of care. Our caring and professional companion caregivers understand it is not just about helping the elderly but providing the assistance they need to hold on to their pride, joy, self-esteem, and independence. This way, families can enjoy peace of mind knowing that their senior loved ones are well cared for at home.
Our home support professionals understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to eldercare. That’s why we establish unique connections with your loved ones to meet their individual needs. Our goal is to be your loved one’s trustworthy companion without disrupting their style of living as we care for them.
If you have any questions about our companion care and home support services, feel free to contact us today.