When we think of the word “companion,” we think of a friend or someone who walks through life with us. A companion helps us in our needs. Companionship is social in nature. Companions talk to us, cook dinner with us, and watch TV with us, read to us, or play cards with us.
These are things seniors and all citizens need the most. Many seniors have lost a spouse, have regular feelings of loniness and/or anxiety. Their children or families work and have families of their own, so they might not get by to see Mom or Dad for days or a few weeks. Some seniors have outlived their siblings and friends. They’re lonely and feel forgotten or ignored. Companion care supports this most basic of human needs and promotes positive mental health in the aging community.
When an agency sends a home health aide to a senior’s home, the aide helps the senior bathe, dress, take their medications, and could perform light duties like switching out the bed linens for clean ones.
Some home health care aides help the senior with housekeeping, cooking, running errands, and taking the senior to a doctor. They may spend between two to four hours helping with these things, and then the aide moves on to his or her next client.
Companion care means just that; the companion will spend time with the senior talking or helping the senior with his or her daily routine. They’ll take the senior to the doctor, to the grocery store, or to a department store to shop.
The companion will assist the senior with tasks such as paying his or her bills or picking up their prescriptions and dry cleaning, and maybe even get lunch. The difference between the two is the quality of the time spent with the senior.
Companions come in different types just like home health care does. For example, a live-in companion would do just that. The senior would have someone with them 24/7 for companionship with all its benefits.
In-home companion care schedules someone to visit the senior to help with whatever the senior needs and spend time with the senior. The time can be spent during the day or at night or even overnight if the senior needs help.
It’s totally up to the senior what a companion can do for them. The job encompasses:
Above all things, seniors value their independence. Seniors recognize that their bodies can’t perform like they did in youth, but living in a “home”, or know as an adult facility, strips them of all dignity and desire to be independent. Seniors will opt to make choices that will facilitate them to stay at home. Companion care helps seniors do just that with dignity and compassion.
The loneliness and isolation many seniors feel as they age change their minds from normally functioning to depressed. Dealing with loneliness or Depression may lead seniors to search for medicinal fixes but all do not prefer to add more potential medication to their daily regime.
Companion care gives seniors the social interaction they need to battle the loneliness and isolation of age. The depression is lifted with the company of someone who listens, talks, and laughs with seniors.
Physical fitness is vital at any age, but it’s especially vital in advancing age. Mobility, flexibility, and strength are areas in which most seniors need help. Thanks to imminent doctors on the Internet, seniors are now aware of the benefits of even the mildest fitness routines.
Companion care won’t push a senior to become or remain fit, but they’ll be there to appropriately work out with the senior.
Your local and state Agency on Aging provides contacts for home health services like home care or hospice care. For companion care, please contact Quality Health Care Concierge at 888-981-5595 to learn how we can be of service to your senior loved one.
Although we don’t have much say when it comes to getting older, we do have some say when it comes to how we age. According to a study published by CNN Health, an online resource that provides information on a wide range of health topics, the average American can expect to live 78.6 years. That said, the best way for seniors to achieve or even surpass this life expectancy is by exercising regularly and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. After all, eating right and staying physically active has been shown to help fend off chronic diseases, not to mention many of the aches and pain that come with getting older.
Studies show that 18 million seniors are struggling with limited mobility as a byproduct of aging. Physical activity has been shown to help prevent or minimize the effects of arthritis, improve bone health, and strengthen muscles, all of which can improve mobility while reducing the risk of falls. Regular exercise can also improve stamina and lower the risk of developing chronic diseases, some of which include colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. And the benefits do not end there; according to a study published by the National Institute on Aging, aerobic exercises, for example, can help improve memory. The study found that exercising increases the size of an individual’s hippocampus, which is the part of the brain responsible for short and long-term memory.
Despite the numerous health benefits associated with regular exercise, some seniors believe that engaging in any form of physical activity will increase their chances of falling and being severely injured. Many also believe that they are too out of shape to exercise. If any of this resonates with you, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of low-impact aerobic exercises that you can do without worrying about falling. We would, however, recommend doing these exercises with someone close to you or a companion so that you feel at ease. And best of all, these exercises are not overly taxing on the body. According to Silver Sneakers, a program that encourages older adults to participate in physical activities, some of the best exercises for seniors include:
While eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is always a good idea, it becomes increasingly important as we get older. For this reason, most dieticians and nutritionists will encourage individuals over the age of 65 to eat the following foods for good overall health:
Fiber – Along with keeping you regular, eating whole grains, legumes, and other fiber-rich foods can help reduce high cholesterol, inflammation, and even high blood pressure.
Fatty Fish – For seniors, one of the best ways to go about improving joint health and mobility is by consuming fatty fish, such as mackerel, salmon, and sardines. These types of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help reduce the intensity of numerous joint symptoms, some of which include stiffness, tenderness, and swelling.
Blueberries – Along with being delicious, blueberries are chock-full of antioxidants as well as vitamins C and E, all of which can help the body fight off illnesses while keeping cells healthy.
Tomatoes – Like blueberries, tomatoes are rich in antioxidants, which can help fight off many of the free radicals that contribute to illnesses. However, they also contain lycopene, a compound that has been shown to protect against prostate and lung cancer.
Yogurt – Given that bone loss is common among older adults, primarily due to diseases like osteoporosis and osteomalacia, it would be a good idea to consume more yogurt. After all, this delicious dairy product is an excellent source of vitamin D, which the body uses to absorb the calcium, a mineral that supports strong bones and teeth.
All in all, there are many things that seniors can do to improve their chances of living a longer and healthier life. But please start with small changes first before going all-in on any new food or exercise routine, and have a friend, relative, or companion by your side.
Disease prevalence rates (proportion of people alive diagnosed with a certain disease) for cancer, epilepsy, HIV, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and PTSD to determine the number of eligible patients with the conditions specified in the proposed ballot initiative. There were an estimated 2,038,131 patients alive in 2017 that have been diagnosed with the specified conditions during their lifetime. These patients represent the pool of eligible patients for the medical use of marijuana. These people are those that may not have had appropriate guidance, support, or personal care to assist with an appropriate approach towards living with a debilitating disorder and being supported in the community for their holistic care approach to disease management.
Although Medical Marijuana is available in the state of Florida, it does however, remain illegal under Federal Law.
More than 34 million adults –16 percent of the adult American population – provide care to someone aged 50 years or older. About 70 percent of adult caregivers get help from family members, friends or neighbors. And about 30 percent rely on help from paid caregivers.