“Senior Companion Home Care” means that the senior citizens live in their own home with trained and experienced caregivers. Senior citizens have many needs, especially those who are isolated, lonely, scared or embarrassed by their condition. They require extra support to make it through each day with dignity, independence and hope. The long term care community provides many options for senior citizens who are isolated, lonely and do not wish to be self-reliant.
In the case of memory care, an assisted living facility may be the only option. Memory care is short term care for people who require specialized care because they can no longer take care themselves. Memory care can be from anywhere from one week to thirty years depending on the needs of the patient. Some people require hospital care for an extended period of time but most need a combination of home and medical foster care.
Senior citizens can become lonely if they do not have an emotional support system. They may receive little support from family and friends and may have few opportunities for socialization. Many seniors develop post-traumatic stress disorder and some even experience depression. They need companionship to gain socialization and to learn to deal with emotions that can take a toll on their mental and physical health.
Companion care gives a senior citizen with a variety of opportunities to participate in his or her daily living. You can help your loved one exercise, go shopping, get medicine, have meals and do errands. They can cook, clean up after themselves, take medication and help manage their finances. If they need assistance with bathing, they don’t have to walk to the bathroom, get dressed or picking up the shopping bags.
You can provide the companion care your senior loved one needs by signing up for an assisted living program. Home hospice offers both in home and nursing home care and there are many assisted living facilities that provide home hospice services. The elderly live in their own homes and receive round the clock medical care, supervision and companionship. They have their own apartment but don’t have to move in with someone else in the facility. They enjoy their independence.
For example, if your elder has difficulty getting up stairs, you might need to take them to the elevator so they can easily move to their apartment. If your senior adult has difficulty getting dressed in the morning, you might need to have them dressed and ready for a visit before they can attend to their own tasks. You might need to have an aide-person come by daily to make sure they are doing things correctly, help them with grocery shopping or visit other seniors in the facility to see how they are doing. The aides-person can also help with some basic daily activities such as getting dressed and grooming.
Assisted living is not just about companionship and daily activities. You can enjoy all sorts of special services too. Some facilities offer a fitness center where the elderly can work out and take daily activities. Others offer spa days or classes on nutrition, home health care or cooking. There are programs that allow the elderly to participate in more physical activities, such as riding a stationary bike or taking a physical education class.
Senior citizens that have companion care through a home hospice or an assisted living home might spend longer years at this type of facility, even if they are lonely and alone at home. Because they have a caring community of people they can talk to and share their thoughts with, they tend to feel better about themselves and are less lonely. This feeling of being valued and loved makes them happier and they enjoy their relationships more. They look forward to going home and sharing their experiences with others. The quality of their lives improves, and they are able to live independently much longer.