How Seniors Can Actually Benefit from Personal Companions

As people age, it becomes difficult to keep in touch with friends and family members. The situation is even more aggravated for those 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 healthcare.

Read on to learn more about how personal companions can benefit your loved one.

The care aids can challenge your loved one's aging mind

Seniors receiving assistance from companion care can truly benefit. Free Pixabay photo.

1. Cognitive Stimulation

If your loved one is suffering from dementia, he or she can have problems with communication. They tend to lose memory of people and things over time, and this can be severe enough to the point it affects their normal life. Dementia also affects their behavior as 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. Incontinence Care

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 to handling this problem is not making them feel ashamed or embarrassed.

Instead, a personal companion 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, alone with devising other measures that will minimize the incontinence. Also, your loved one’s companion can help with changing their incontinence products and other toileting assistance needs.

3. Medication Reminders

Depending on the condition of your loved one, some medication routines can be challenging to keep. It’s easy for them to skip or forget to take their medications, which may require consistency to ensure effectiveness. Of course, there are tools like a pillbox or using an alarm. But, still, a personal companion can be helpful, especially when taking medications with adverse side effects.

Understanding the dangers of medication mismanagement or interactions is an integral part of companion care to help keep your loved one safe. Someone also 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.

Ensuring your loved one is safe and cared for while you’re away at work is essential. There are tasks such as bathing, dressing, and exercises that they can’t do alone. Plus, they just need some company to maintain an active social life and reduce restlessness and depression. You can choose a companion depending on the condition of your loved one. For example, those with severe cases will likely need the assistance of live-in or overnight companions.

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11 thoughts on “How Seniors Can Actually Benefit from Personal Companions

  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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