Description of companion care and what it involves, including lots of useful information and resources for further research.
Human beings need companionship and sadly, that isn’t something everybody gets to enjoy, especially later on in life.
1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible, and over the next 5 or 6 years the number of over 50’s experiencing loneliness is set to reach 2 million.
It can be hard to stay in touch with loved ones as you age, and your family can be busy taking care of their own family. Friends may move away or begin to pass away, and loneliness can quickly set in.
Companion care, much like live in care, is a type of care that is able to help combat loneliness whilst ensuring the total wellbeing of your elderly loved one. If you are currently looking into care, it is definitely worth considering companion care as an option. To help you get started, here are just some of the huge benefits to companion care or just get in touch with a live-in care provider for more information:
One of the best ways to help a person combat loneliness is to ensure they maintain their sense of self and their independence. Bespoke companion care helps a person remain as physically and mentally well as is possible, ensuring their quality of life is as great as it can be. Help with cooking, cleaning, mobility, feeding, washing and maintaining personal appearance are just some of the tasks a companion carer can help with.
Somebody To Listen
For seniors who can feel invisible, having a person there to listen is invaluable. Of course family and friends will listen but, that can happen irregularly. With a carer, a client can express themselves regularly whether they feel sad, depressed, angry, or they just want to chat about a political issue or memories.
Dementia care, post-stroke care and other specialised care types are available in the home, you just need to ensure you use the right live-in care agency. A person can remain in their home if they have a special medical need, which is especially beneficial for dementia sufferers who struggle with a change of environment.
Being home alone can be very scary, and having a person with you in your home helps you to avoid that sense of insecurity you might feel living as a single person. Add to that a fear of falling or suffering an injury, or not being able to move quickly if there is a fire or another emergency, and living alone becomes even more scary. Companion care ensures somebody is always around to help if you need help.
Peace Of Mind
Family members get the peace of mind that their loved one isn’t in a residential home and that their loved one is safe. Worrying about the wellbeing of an elderly relative can be incredibly difficult, especially if you live far away from them. Companion care is extremely reassuring for loved ones, especially when they see the high quality of life their relative has because of the support.
Getting Companion Care Set Up
If you want private companion care you can make arrangements with a live-in care agency in as little as 24 hours. However, if you would like support financially, or you want the care to come from the NHS the process has more to it. We recommend that you:
- Speak to your GP
- Speak to your social worker (if you have one)
- Speak to your local council
- Speak to an Independent Financial Advisor
- Discuss your options with friends and family
The more information you have to make an informed decision, the best chance you have of arranging the kind of later life care you know is what you truly deserve.