Companion Care for Seniors: Does It Even Help?

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The care aids can challenge your loved one's aging mind
Seniors receiving assistance from companion care can truly benefit. Photo from Pixabay.

As people age, it often becomes difficult to keep in touch with friends and family. The situation is even more aggravated for people with medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and respiratory diseases. If you have a senior at home and you have a busy life, it might be the time to consider using companion care. Personal companions can offer assistance in light housing duties and home healthcareRead on to learn more about how a personal companion can benefit your loved one, such as an older parent.

1. Cognitive Stimulation

If your loved one has dementia, they can have problems with communication. They tend to lose memory of people and things over time. It can be severe enough that it affects their normal life. Dementia also affects their behavior. For example, your loved one may become more anxious and depressed.

With companion care, your loved one can benefit from cognitive stimulation therapy, which typically is a medication-free program that is designed to improve mental activity. For effective results, it’s usually advisable to begin this form of therapy before the signs of dementia become apparent or worsen. The approach involves exposing seniors to things they’re interested in to help challenge their minds.

2. Companion Care and Incontinence 

The inability to control bladder and bowel movements is a common problem as people age. In the case of dementia, incontinence usually occurs when your loved one cannot remember where the toilet is or how to get to it. The best approach is not making them feel ashamed or embarrassed.

Instead, companion care can help to monitor their condition and remind them to visit the bathroom at least every two hours. They’ll also help to identify the time of the day when the problem is worse. A care aide can also offer other ways to minimize the incontinence. Furthermore, your loved one’s companion can help with changing their incontinence products and other toileting assistance needs.

3. Medication Reminders for Seniors

Depending on the condition of your loved one, some medication routines can be challenging to keep up. It’s easy for them to skip or forget to take their medications regularly. That’s a big problem if pills have to be taken regularly to be effective. Of course, there are tools like a pillbox or using an alarm. But, still, companion care can help, especially when taking medications with adverse side effects.

Understanding the dangers of medication mismanagement or interactions is a vital part of companion care to help keep your senior parent or another person safe. Also, someone needs to be close to your loved one to monitor and report any possible side effects. You can also learn more about how companions can help to take care of your loved one here.

Final Words on Companion Care

Ensuring your loved one is safe and cared for while you’re away at work is essential. There are activities such as bathing, dressing, and exercises that they probably can’t do alone. Plus, they simply need company for an active social life and to lower restlessness and depression.

Wondering how to hire a senior companion? Key here is to choose a companion depending on the condition of your aging friend or family member. For example, those with severe cases will likely need live-in or overnight companion care.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Recently, my father who is the primary caregiver for my mother, who has dementia, hired a home care agency to help him when I’m at work. So far, she’s been a blessing. Great post, Christy! xo

  2. If I may, Christy, I’d add one more thing to the item about medications. When my wife’s aunt was admitted to a long-term care facility, the doctor there did an examination which included a review of her medications. It turned out that her well-meaning family doctor had our aunt on the wrong medications – simply because the family doctor had no expertise with the elderly.

    Gee, I’m a senior! Hopefully, the blogging is keeping my mind active enough. Dementia scares the living bejabbers out of me.

  3. I don’t know what your sources are, Christy, but it is an important topic. With every year, I realize just how important! LOL. I always enjoyed “oldsters” and never understood why others didn’t want to be bothered. Oh the stories they can tell! Hugs.

  4. I have been using a companion carer for just over twelve months. Our Dr suggested this, to get things in place sooner rather than later so that when additional care may be required, we already have someone in place that we know. The lady who calls in is wonderful, Mom calls her “her friend”, she sits and chats away with Mom, Dad and I too but we tend to leave her with Mom for “girlie time”. It means I can get out for an hour or so knowing that there is someone at home with my parents to help. As always a great post Christy x

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