ELDERCARE | COMPANION
Necessary Nannies offers a recruitment and screening process for long-term, short-term, in-home, companion &/or facility placement care to provide emotional and social support for older adults.
As adults age, they often experience circumstances that can lead to feelings of loneliness or isolation. Whether it’s because grown children have moved away, a spouse or friends have passed on, or mobility is limited, seniors can lose the social interactions they once enjoyed. However, they can remain living at home without being resigned to isolation or loneliness.
WHAT IS COMPANION CARE?
Companion care is a type of in-home care service that provides essential assistance to the elderly and disabled adults. Care will typically include a number of ways to make daily living easier and safer for the care recipient. For example, a caregiver might perform errands, such as grocery shopping or picking up medications, on behalf of a senior. At other times, caregivers will plan and prepare regular meals, perform light housekeeping duties, and offer medication reminders. This type of elder care is also designed to improve quality of life in other ways. Caregivers act as partners for favorite hobbies and activities, accompany clients to appointments and social outings, and engage in friendly conversation with clients.
COMPANION CAREGIVING VS. PERSONAL CAREGIVING
When choosing elder care services for your loved one, you may need to choose between companion care and personal care. Because of this, it's helpful to know the difference between the two services.
With a home care companion, duties typically include activities such as doing laundry, making meals, and assisting with errands. However, this type of care does not include physical assistance with activities like dressing, bathing, or toileting.
Personal care covers the basic care duties of companion caregiving, while also providing physical assistance to clients. Personal care services can also include non-medical assistance for chronic health conditions, like diabetes or Parkinson's.
Most older adults who receive senior care can age in place comfortably with companion caregiving. However, seniors who require advanced care or physical assistance may need personal care to live at home safely.
See "Our Process | Screening" page for additional information.