A recent report has shown that 85% of physicians reported that there is a direct relationship between unmet social needs (most importantly, companionship needs) and decreasing health. Loneliness is an increasing issue amongst elderly people in the UK. Simply investing in companion care can make all the difference in battling loneliness and helping elderly people retain control over their lives. But what does companion care involve? You may be surprised at the benefits of companion care.
What does companion care involve?
At a basic level, companion care covers anything from light house-keeping and meal preparation, through to running errands. Companion care offers a wide breadth of assistance that an elderly person may struggle with on their own. Not only does this take a weight off the elderly person themselves, it also offers peace of mind to friends and family members who are concerned about their loved one being home alone and trying to manage by themselves.
Whilst it is easy to assume that investing in companion care means a loss of independence, it is actually the opposite. Historically, when someone reaches a point where they cannot manage their daily routine on their own they may have considered moving into residential care. Opting for companion care instead not only allows the individual to remain in their own home for as long as they wish, it also means that they can remain as active and independent as they like. They can still decide when and where they want to spend their days, whether that be at home, out shopping or visiting family or friends. In a care home, trips like these take more planning and happen less often.
Life-long relationships built
Companion care involves a dedicated carer being with you at all times to ensure that your social and physical needs are met. The best companion care agencies will allocate a carer that shares the same hobbies and interests at their clients, often resulting in life-long friendships.
Additional medical assistance when required
If you already invest in companion care, and find yourself requiring more medical assistance; this can still be available through your companion care agency. This is known as condition-led care and some companions are trained in providing this kind of care. In the unfortunate instance that your loved one suffers a stroke of is diagnosed with Dementia, you can remain in your own home and receive the care and attention you require.