Companion Care at Home
Companionship is very important for the physical and mental well being among the elderly, who often feel isolated and lonely. Social interaction is one of the most important aspects of living a long and healthy life. Companionship encourages healthy mental stimulation, maintain social skills, and increases a sense of purpose in one’s life.
A companion can brighten a senior’s day by taking them to a movie, attend a lecture at the local senior center, playing a game or doing a puzzle. Caregivers often develop a meaningful relationship with their clients and these friendships help to eliminate depression and loneliness. Providing a caregiver in the home not only helps your loved one with their daily tasks but provides social stimulation that improves quality of life.
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"Before we contacted Companion Services of America we were concerned about the safety and welbeing of our loved ones. Now we are able to live our own lives more normally and we are considerably less stressed. My mother had a wonderful companion in Tess, and Arnor. Rodel developered a solid relationship with my stepfather, which was not easy! We are thankful to have had the help and support of Companion Serivces of America for 8 years."
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"We have used other agencies in the past and none compare to Companion Care. Jamie the owner is always responsive and manages to pull rabbits out of a hat to solving problems. The caregiver team has been extraordinary in being proactive and thinking ahead of my mother, which is not easy to do. The team respects her and knows the rhythm of engaging and giving her space. The team is also qualified and vigilant to watch for medical signs that could be harmful. I recommend Jamie, Mary and our caregiver team with high marks!"
Companion Care at Home
Companion care can be an invaluable resource for seniors who have difficulty performing basic tasks or activities at home. Whether it's helping out around the house by doing laundry, grocery shopping, making meals or taking a walk outside—at Companion Services of America, we're always available to step in whenever needed during tough times so that our client is able to maintain their independence as long as possible.
With companion care at home, aging adults can keep their routines and continue to live independently in their own homes.
If you're looking for a caregiver to help with everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning and running errands but not need the extra care that comes with an elderly loved one who might be bedridden or incontinent, companion caregiving is your best bet.
What Is Companion Care?
It has been estimated that there are more than 18 million people in the United States who need some form of assistance with their daily activities.
This is an increasing trend as baby boomers continue to age and new generations grow up expecting a high standard of living even if they no longer work outside the home, among other factors.
Companion care services offer essential help for those who can't get around on their own without aid or struggling after long periods sitting down because it provides them companionship when needed - this helps give family caregivers peace-of-mind knowing someone will be checking up on them throughout the day.
Caregivers help to make daily living easier and safer for the care recipients. Some of these ways are performing errands, like grocery shopping or picking up medications, on their behalf; other times they will plan and prepare regular meals as well as light housekeeping duties. Caregivers often perform medication reminders too!
Caregivers are there to improve quality of life in other ways. They act as partners for favorite hobbies and activities, accompany clients on appointments and social outings, and engage in friendly conversations with their loved ones.
The isolation of aging is not just a feeling, it’s an illness. Companion caregiving provides isolated seniors with social interaction and regular companionship, ending the cycle of senior isolation which can lead to health complications.
Companion Care vs. Personal Care
When you need home care for your aging loved one, it can be challenging to decide what type of service will work best. Companion Care services tend to focus on social needs while personal-care services emphasize medical and physical needs.
When choosing elder care, the difference between companion and personal is an important consideration in the decision process as they both provide different benefits based on a person's individualized requirements.
Home care companions can do your laundry, make you a delicious meal that's not just microwaved leftovers from the night before, and help out with errands like grocery shopping. They also provide emotional support to those who are grieving or struggling in their day-to-day lives due to illness or disability.
Personal care is an area of service that seeks to help people with basic needs, like personal hygiene. It can also provide physical assistance in the form of helping a person get up from their seat, grooming, eating, dressing, and toileting.
Many older adults can age in place with the help of companion caregiving. However, seniors who require advanced care or physical assistance may need personal care to live at home safely.
Does Medicare Pay for Companion Care at Home?
If your family member needs only assistance with homemaker or personal services, or companion care, Medicare will not cover the cost.
Medicare doesn't pay for:
- 24-hour-a-day care at home
- Meals delivered to your home
- Homemaker services (like shopping, cleaning, and laundry), when this is the only care you need
- Custodial or personal care (like bathing, dressing, or using the bathroom), when this is the only care you need
How Much Does In-Home Companion Care Cost?
According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Study, the average national median cost for companion care (classified as homemaker services) was $54,912 ANNUALLY for a home health aide and $53,768 for a homemaker. The hourly rate for a home health aide ranged from $17.00 in Louisiana to $33.00 in Minnesota. The median cost for an hourly caregiver is $24.00 per hour.
Genworth calculates average median rates based on 44 hours per week. If your loved one only requires the help of a companion for a few hours per day or week, your costs may be significantly lower than these estimates.
For a clearer picture of your potential costs, determine your loved one’s needs and contact Companion Services of America to inquire about companion care providers and average costs in your area.