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Companion Care Services: What They Are and What They Aren’t


As the Baby Boomers, the largest generation in history before the Millennials, retires and moves into the next phase of life, the need for elder care services is only going to increase over the coming years and decades. For the children of these aging retirees, the array of senior care services, the different types and levels of care, can seem dizzying. There is amazing choice in the senior care market today, with almost every type of treatment plan imaginable. However, this can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Let’s begin with examining a growing, extremely useful, multifaceted senior support service: companion care.


First, let’s be clear on what companion care is not. It is not medical care of any kind. Companion care workers are not necessarily medical professionals and they do not provide any kind of medical service or diagnoses. However, in their own way, they contribute to the quality of life of seniors all over the country. It’s a sad fact of life that, as we age, we can become more and more isolated. Families spread out, friends move away, or pass away. Growing old isn’t easy. And sometimes all a senior wants is a companion, a friend, someone to talk and interact with.


Companion care offers a warm, friendly presence in a senior’s life. They can help with groceries, other errands, and take seniors to doctor’s appointments, or almost anywhere else a senior might need to go. While these services may seem simple, the value that they provide cannot be understated. These are all activities that, were it not for a companion care worker, a senior would be doing alone, or unable to do at all. They preserve a sense of independence, going out with a friend, just like they always used to do. While medical services are always going to be in high demand, sometimes the last thing a senior wants to see is another doctor or nurse or therapist. Companion care is a much more relaxed service.


Companion care professionals also serve as eyes and ears for family members who may not always be able to check in on their elderly relatives as much as they would like. Families move away, but the needs of the elderly family members remain. Companion care professionals, who interact with seniors on a daily basis, know what to be on the lookout for. While they don’t make diagnoses, a companion care professional is a regular presence in the senior’s life, and can alert other family members when things seem off.


Companion care services are what they sound like. They are the services of a friend. They are a regular, friendly, watchful presence in a senior’s life. They provide the most basic level of non-medical senior care and can be a good first step as relatives begin to age and can give them more quality time at home before other senior care alternatives become necessary.


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