Elderly Care Companions

Elderly care companions come in many different fields, usually based on the level of assistance and companionship needed and desired. They are able to provide company and/or assistance to a senior who may either want or need supervision. These levels range from basic companionship, in-home aide, and nurses. Let’s take a look at each level individually, and look at all the services they are able to provide seniors.

Companions

Elderly care companions provide seniors with basic daily assistance such as, among other activities, meal preparation, daily grooming, light housekeeping, and company. With companions, seniors are not only being taken care of, but also spending quality time with someone who takes part in the daily activities they may not be able to participate in alone. It is through companions that seniors are reminded they are capable of receiving the assistance they require while remaining living independently. Along with receiving assistance, they are provided with the daily companionship that so many people are in need of.

In-Home Aide

In-home aides assist with activities similar to companions, but on a more personal level. These activities include daily bathing, assistance going to the restroom, and mobility exercises. Depending on whether the in-home aide is licensed or not will set the scene for the ability to provide certain assistance such as medication distribution, blood pressure readings, and changing of bandages. Because the majority of in-home aides are licensed, they are able to not only provide more personal assistance, but also more medically focused.

Nurses

The highest level of companionship available to an individual who wishes to remain at home is a registered nurse. Nurses are able to visit the home based on a doctor’s recommendation. Nurses are able to provide the most in-depth and medically focused care to seniors living at home. This care includes taking urine and blood samples, providing and implementing equipment such as a catheter, and giving medication through injections. Because nurses are licensed, they are also able to provide knowledge and training to companions and in-home aides on less intrusive and non-medically focused activities they can provide to seniors. However, registered nurses are also able to, and often do, take on less intense responsibilities that in-home aides would otherwise provide, along with their medically focused assistance.

There are so many different options and degrees of elderly care companionship available. It is the task of everyone involved to fully understand not only the level of companionship the senior desires, but also the level they require. It is important to involve everyone in every step of the decision making process when it comes to staffing elderly care companionship. By involving everyone you can be sure the correct decision has been made, resulting in a happy, stress free environment for everyone.

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