Everyone needs companionship, and all of us need a helping hand every now and again. If you have an elderly parent who lives alone, chances are they could benefit from in-home companionship, especially when family members cannot always be there. Non-medical home care services can support your elderly parent with daily activities and personal companionship so that they can maintain their independence.
Here are some top reasons to hire a companion caregiver for your aging parent:
Company and Companionship. Simply having a visitor from time to time can make all the difference in the world to someone living alone, or perhaps to someone caring for an ailing spouse. Whether it means hanging out to watch a favorite TV show together, playing a card game or taking a walk, a companion caregiver can provide peace of mind. This may help older adults avoid loneliness and feelings of isolation. And in many cases, the caregiver and client form a strong bond and friendship.
Meal Preparation. Some seniors fail to get adequate nutrition simply because they don’t want to bother with preparing a meal and cleaning up afterward. Caregivers can prepare regular meals that help elderly adults maintain a healthy diet, provide proper nutrition and add joy and comfort to a senior’s day. Plus, they also can handle the clean up!
Medication Reminders. Caregivers can help ensure older adults take their medications as prescribed. Understanding their medications, following the doctor’s instructions and keeping to a schedule can help prevent medicine mismanagement and keep your parent healthy.
Help with Daily Tasks. Keeping the home tidy can be a chore for an elderly individual who has mobility issues or is temporarily bedridden. Having assistance around the house to do the dishes, take out the trash, make the bed, and do the laundry can be a big help.
Shopping, Errands, and Transportation. If vision or immobility is preventing your loved one from getting necessary errands done, companion care services may be an effective solution. This can include running errands, grocery shopping and taking your aging parent to the doctor’s office or to other important appointments or social events.
Family Respite Care. Companion care services can provide a much-needed break for the primary caregiver, whether that is a spouse, child, other relative or friend. Allowing you to have time away to care for yourself is important. It will help to prevent you from becoming exhausted, isolated or even burned out.
Chances are your loved one could benefit from in-home elderly companion care from someone who will take the time to get to know them, learn about his or her specific care needs, and provide quality care.
This article is provided by John and Christine Hamby, Owners, First Light Home Care of Temecula. For more information, visit us online at Temecula.FirstLightHomeCare.com or call us at (951) 395-0821.