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Benefits of Companion Care

By Megan C @ LivingSenior - August 1, 2012

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Care giving is not technically limited to the care of the elderly or the sick family member in the form of bathing, feeding, changing clothes and the likes. Care giving can also be done to perfectly healthy seniors who need assistance in the field of house chores or errands, thus the term, companion care. Before becoming a companion care, it is also necessary that the worker has earned certifications and accreditations from certified institutes in order to be hired immediately and have higher pay. Higher rates of companion care giving in the world are reported to be in Australia and in the US. Meanwhile, for those seniors who are living alone in their houses, it is wiser to know the many benefits of companion care than having to live solo at home.

Round-the-Clock-Assistance

Assistance is the main factor why companion caregivers are basically hired. They generally feed, bathe, dress, cook, and clean the house and other similar chores to assist the elderly or the sick family member at home. Aside from that, they also assist in shopping and marketing schedules of the client. They basically act like assistants for a fee. On the other hand, companion caregivers are educated in the matter since they will have to acquire certain educational attainment or certification to be able to become a certified companion caregiver. This is essential, so they should know other demanding tasks like bed making, cooking, financial management, and the likes.

Better Communication

Companion caregivers generally live in the private house of the client, which makes caregivers and patients communicate clearly and smoothly each day. The scene can be quite the opposite if you choose to have your senior live in a hospice or in a home for the aged because care and assistance from caregivers are not consistent due to the limited number of workers in the mentioned place. Aside from that, when both client and caregiver already achieve a certain bond, the former will then feel safe and secure with the presence of the latter.

Security and Safety

Basically, companion caregivers are trained not only in the field of sanitation and assistance to the elderly, but also in security and safety of the house. They know basic emergency skills in case such events arise. This way, you can be confident that you are in good hands while you are sleeping or taking a break. This is one of the reasons why a lot of clients check the caregiver’s credentials and background information before hiring him or her.

Comfort

Making sure that the client is comfortable in her position whether he or she is sitting or lying on the bed or in his or her clothes and food is one of the primary tasks of companion care givers. This is extremely important, particularly if the patient has certain disabilities. After all, a companion caregiver is hired to make sure that the patient is in his or her best condition.