Companion care is the most popular of our home care service options. There are invaluable benefits of hiring caregivers to keep senior loved ones company. First and foremost, seniors are guaranteed to have a social life, which keeps their minds and emotions more actively engaged with others and the world around them.
Secondly, companion care easily branches into other aspects of senior care, including wellness checks and supervision, the ability to get out and about in the community, and to ensure seniors eat well and get enough stimulation – both physical and mental – in their daily lives.
Our Senior Companion Care Plans
Companion care plans are customized to each client’s needs. The first step is our free, in-home assessment, where we listen to your story, your goals, and the client’s interests, hobbies, and lifestyle preferences.
We then pair caregivers with similar personality profiles and shared interests to facilitate a quicker and stronger bond. Understandably, it’s not always easy for seniors to welcome strangers into their homes regularly. However, our team of incredible caregivers quickly begins to feel like natural extensions of the friend and family network.
Companion services are multi-faceted and flexible. Typically, clients and their companions:
- Play games, puzzles, or cards
- Get out and about town to dine, attend local activities, go to the movies, etc.
- Enjoy lunch or dinner together
- Watch TV
- Take walks
- Walk the dog
- Go through photo albums and movies to reminisce
Caregivers can also provide transportation services so the client can attend religious/spiritual services, clubs, social engagements, volunteer obligations, hair appointments, and medical/dental visits.
Clients can request other services as part of a caregiver’s companion shifts, such as:
- Light housekeeping
- Linen and laundry support
- Monitor bathing and daily hygiene rituals
- Errand running and grocery shopping
- Medication reminders
- Post-op or post-hospital stay support
While our clients enjoy the one-on-one connection companion caregivers provide, families appreciate knowing their loved one is being seen, heard, and cared for regularly. In addition, they have instant awareness if there is a notable or “red flag” change in their loved one’s well-being, which means it can be attended to immediately.
Companion services can be scheduled twice per month, once a week, or on a more regular daily basis. Shifts are scheduled and billed at a four-hour minimum.
Companion Care Caregivers
Affordable Senior Home Care holds high standards for our exceptional team of trained and experienced caregiver companions. In addition to passing complete criminal background checks and having clean DMV records, all caregivers have access to unique education and training programs, including Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) certifications.
Continuing education and training never stop, so caregivers remain current with all senior care topics, including the latest findings around Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
Senior Companion Care FAQ
Q: How do we decide which companion services are best for our loved one?
The great news is that no decisions are set in stone. Companion services are flexible and can be adjusted from shift to shift, depending on the mood and interests of the client. After the home evaluation, our registered nurse will review the plan with respect to the client’s abilities and health requirements, ensuring the shifts support any dietary restrictions, physical limitations, and relevant medical recommendations.
Q: Can companion services also include support with meals and errand running?
Yes, our companions are used to wearing multiple hats. They’re happy to sit and play cards, share lunch, and get your loved one showered and dressed, and we can also add errand running, snack prep, or transportation services that expand your loved one’s horizons and social network.
Q: Can we increase or decrease shifts as needed?
You can always make changes to shifts as needed. The two requirements are that all shifts are billed at a four-hour minimum and that we receive at least 48-hours notice before canceling a shift without charge.
Q: How do we get started with a long-term care plan?
The first step is to schedule a free evaluation. You can schedule that online or give us a call directly to set up an assessment or to ask any questions you may have about our hourly or live-in companion services.
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If you or your loved ones wish to remain independent in your/their own home for as long as possible, then contact Affordable Senior Home Care to discuss your care needs.
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