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Companion Care

By Daniel @ LivingSenior - June 17, 2013

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Ironically, one of the cheapest and most affordable forms of senior care can be found in the option of companion care. As an alternative to the typical pricing associated with caregivers, there are many companion care programs where active seniors dedicate their time to volunteering to help other seniors that are in the same city. This works fairly well because the two individuals are able to relate to each other and bond. In situations where there are not any volunteer programs available, companion care may run an hourly rate similar to caregivers.

Companion care became particularly popular during the 1990s when many states were trying to figure out how they could handle the amount of individuals who were deciding to take care of their parents at home on their own. Being able to have companion care was helpful to these individuals because it was very demanding to be able to take care of a parent at home while still having to keep up with the rest of the responsibilities associated with day to day life. Companion care ensured that seniors were able to get interaction with other seniors in a friendly and at home environment. At the same time, caregivers had the time to take small breaks and find time for themselves while their parent was spending time with the companion who had arrived for a few hours that day.

Another reason why this was so popular was because of the costs that were associated with various types of care at the time -- which continue to be a concern for many people who care for their parents even in today's decade. The prices associated with home health care can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. Sometimes Medicare will pay for home health care, assuming that seniors are getting medical treatments during these visits. Because home health care is such as necessity for some seniors, it’s common that they also pay out of pocket for the services as well. For some people, companion care was like a replacement for home health care, depending on their health. If the individual wasn't in a serious condition and was generally healthy, then many companion care services also provided some of the basics associated with care for seniors living at home, such as medication administration, meals, vitals, etc.

As a whole, companion care continues to be an option that many seniors and families make use of. It is not as popular as it used to be because there are more services and options for seniors now. Additionally, there are not as many companion care programs as there used to be a few decades ago. However, there are still families and seniors which make use of this option on a regular basis because it provides a unique and trustworthy form of senior interaction. There are many seniors who feel more comfortable with the idea of receiving help from other seniors in the area, because they feel like they can relate more to the individuals overall.