Companionship is described as ‘a feeling of fellowship or friendship’ and what an honour it is for us at Castle Homecare to be able to provide this kind of support to people at certain stages of their life cycle.
The goal of companion care is primarily emotional support and socialisation for older people who want to remain independent at home but require support. We are passionate about providing meaningful Companion care, taking interest in ensuring our clients and exceptional carers are suitable to each other. Companion care, when done correctly, should assist an older person’s quality of life to continue and at times improve while also ensuring they are getting to enjoy and participate in the aspects of their life which are important to them.
First of all you are in the right place, information and support in understanding what needs you or someone you are caring for requires is so important in this first step of engaging care. Every new client is met by a senior team member along with their family member where their exact needs can be discussed and agreed for a go-forward plan. Their needs may increase or decrease over time and homecare can be flexible in this regard. We reflect changes in clients’ needs through care plans, carefully and compassionately formulated, led by our inhouse Nurse and experienced Team Leads.
Castle Homecare provides a companion care service which offers something that can be difficult to come by in our twilight years – a person’s time. The service is aimed at elderly people in need of company. Our excellent carers offer, above all else, company to those in need.
The following are some examples of Companion Care duties:
The biggest benefit of senior companionship is that it improves the quality of life of seniors. Companionship goes beyond just caregiving and is a symbiotic relationship that enables the senior to thrive. On a social level having friends and companions enables people to talk about challenges, express grief, and to find resources to solve problems. On a personal level, a quality companion is someone that the senior not only looks forward to visiting with, doing things with but also is someone on which they can rely. Older people worry about many of their challenges that for you and I might be very small such as going to the grocery store or to and from doctor’s appointments. Companionship helps to remove the worry and burden, so that seniors can focus on living a quality life.
The impact of a senior companion for seniors is often a longer and healthier life with improved wellbeing. When we are alone, we suffer and are at higher risk of dementia and forgetfulness. There is a lack of ambition and it can be associated with depression and the loss of the will to live. The worst of all criminals are placed in isolation as a punishment. Companionship for the elderly is so important because it is the fuel that brings meaning back to their lives and with that comes the willingness to do more.
Scott Witt, Elder Home Care Expert
SeniorLiving.org August 16th, 2018
We know everyone’s needs are different, so all of our services can be tailored to suit your needs. We can provide assistance with home living from light housework to full-time care. Let us find out what works for you.