Truly exceptional elder care considers the wellness of the client on a holistic level, from their medical needs to their social and emotional state. For this reason, non-medical care can be just as important as skilled medical care when developing a plan to optimize an aging person’s quality of life. This is where personal care companions play a vital role.
Personal Care Companion
A personal care companion is a specialized caregiver who operates within the dual realms of social support and activities of daily living (ADLs).
The primary focus of a personal care companion revolves around enhancing the client's well-being through meaningful social interactions and emotional bonding. Their activities often encompass running errands, participating in outings and social gatherings, or engaging in recreational activities to mitigate feelings of loneliness and isolation. The nature of their companionship is uniquely tailored to the client's preferences and the dynamics they share.
In addition to the social aspect, personal care companions provide crucial support with ADLs, ensuring the client's physical health and safety in their home environment. This comprehensive support may involve assisting the client in bathing, dressing, grooming, restroom use, and navigating their home. Personal care companions may also extend their responsibilities to meal preparation and essential household maintenance. Many Companions undergo formal training, including specialized training in dementia care, to excel in their roles.