There are a number of downsides to getting older. Feeling lonely or isolated definitely shouldn’t be the ones they should be experiencing. To overcome instances like these, a companion care service can be of true help!
But what is companion care? And who needs companion care? Keep reading to learn more about companion care and the many benefits associated with a service as such.
It is a well-known fact that when your parents grow old, they need healthy companionship that makes them feel better. It can be a family member, close relatives, friends, or a member of any home caregiving service. Companionship with the elderly should simplify their life and make them even healthier and happier than before.
When your parents are taken care of by such companions, their routine, health and thought process will get balanced and improved in no time. Most parents in their golden years suffer from various mental health issues, which can be sorted out with the help of a good companion at home. Even if you stay far away from your parents, ensure that you allocate a trustworthy caregiver and companion to look after your parents 24*7
Benefits of companionship to your parents
A help with daily activities
Ageing parents cannot do all their daily activities on their own. They need somebody as a proxy child who can stand by them and help them carry out their daily activities like bringing groceries, medicines, food, and other home essentials from outside and even being their aide in keeping their room clean, feeding, and taking care of their medical reports and prescriptions
One of the biggest benefits of companionship is friendship. Many older adults experience loneliness if they don’t have emotional support from friends and family. A companion can help by being a friend – holding a conversation, playing a game, or taking the senior out for activities like walking or seeing a movie.
Taking care of medical emergencies
This is one of the most important things to keep in mind when you are staying away from your parents. Medical emergencies can occur at any time, and it is vital to have a companion who stays nearby and knows every medical detail of your parents, including the doctor they approach and the treatments they are undergoing to maximize the efficiency of the treatment during an emergency.
Most ageing parents face this major issue of loneliness and a feeling that no one is there for them to share their feelings and fears and no one there to have a good time with and re-live their good olden days. This constant longing for a trusted companion can develop many mental health issues like depression, social awkwardness, anxiety, stress etc.
Make their routine productive
Most elderly people have lower interest in their daily routine. They will be laid back when it comes to any changes or sometimes will also be adamant about changing their routine, which is not healthy all the time, especially when doctors have prescribed otherwise. In such cases, it is advised to have someone who will take care of your patient’s routine as prescribed by the doctor, including preparing a timetable, diet chart and many other things that improve your parents’ health with time.
Will be their travel partner
It would be suffocating to live in the same place and have the same routine as anyone. Elderly people face it even more as their movements will also be restricted to some extent, and they cannot travel long distances alone. Travelling can be a significant help to your parents; it lets them breathe the fresh air outside and break from the mundane daily routine.
As they age, the elderly cannot go and attend doctor appointments by themselves often when their kids are away from them. A companion is an individual who escorts the elderly to the doctor’s appointments and helps them go shopping for essentials and other important activities.
Many of the elderly can fall and have serious and dreadful injuries, some minor and some major. Having a companion with them 24*7 can help them be safe and risk-free when their children live far away from them. Also, they can easily contact their companion during emergencies of falls and in-home accidents when their companion is nearer to them
Better physical health
A companion can help the elderly to have a healthy routine, on-time medication, good diet, sleep routine, and regular doctor check-ups followed by physical and mental health care whenever it is necessary.
Independent life to the elderly
Elderly crave freedom and that becomes one of the most vital things that they value as they get old as many restrictions surround them in the form of health. With a multi-faceted companion, your parents can have the freedom in basic things like emotional support, going out, indulging in get togethers, etc.
Being a trustworthy companion is the greatest privilege and responsibility that should be carried out with patience and support. With Anvayaa, you can rest assured that your parents are in safe hands no matter what. We never take your parents for granted, and our care managers will take utmost care in preparing a healthy routine for your parents by including them in various physical activities, imparting health, and wellness sessions in their routine, taking care of diet and sleep timings and escorting them to regular doctor check-ups when needed.