What is Companionship Care?Companionship care is support for people who are isolated and lonely, but still healthy and happy to remain in their own home. Mobility problems, illness or frailty can make home life lonely and difficult. A live in companionship provides care and company can help maintain safety and boost quality of life.
Who is Companionship Care suitable for?Companionship care can support anyone who is lonely and struggling to manage independently but who wants to continue living in their home.
Companionship Care for the elderlyElderly companionship care can support people who are struggling with social isolation. Decreased mobility, the loss of a partner and family living at a distance mean that more elderly people are living alone. Nearly half of all people over 75 live alone and many feel isolated or lonely. Over a million older people say they often or usually feel lonely. Age UK said: ‘Most people will feel lonely at some point in their lives. It’s a deeply personal experience that - in most cases - will thankfully pass. But for a growing number of people, particularly those in later life, loneliness can define their lives and have a significant impact on their wellbeing.’ Care isn’t only for people with disease, dementia or complex health needs. Companionship care can help your loved one get out and about, assist them around the house and offer them the chance for a chat over tea and cake.
What are the benefits of Companionship Care?Companionship care can help boost health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Health benefits: Loneliness can be bad for you. Research studies show that that older people who feel lonely are more likely to become depressed and develop dementia. Age UK have calculated that loneliness can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
People who are active socially may have fewer memory problems than those who are often alone. The brain is highly adaptable with nerve cells changing in response to social interaction. This neuroplasticity is important for the brain’s healthy function as we grow older.
Confidence boost: When someone has lost a partner or has impaired mobility, it can be worrying to go on errands, outings or to social events. A companionship carer can provide support and an elbow to lean on. With the reassurance of back-up, your loved one may have more confidence to leave the house.
Personal Assistance: Even if your loved one is generally managing well at home, it can help to have assistance with administration and more demanding tasks.
A helping hand: A companionship caregiver is not just for company, they can also help out around the house or run errands. Whether a letter needs posting, some shopping needs collecting or the dishwasher needs emptying, Hometouch companionship carers will reliably get the job done.
Appointments and outings: Medical conditions or failing eyesight can mean that driving is no longer possible. This can make getting around a challenge. Carers with cars, or licences to allow them to drive a family own vehicle, can make getting to appointments, meetings and parties much easier.
Hobbies and interests: Taking part in meaningful activities can make life interesting, enjoyable and worth living. It’s easy to let hobbies slide after an injury or illness. A carer can help people rediscover their interests, whether it’s dancing, swimming, bridge or stamp collecting and support them to get to clubs or social centres.
Self-care: Most people requiring companionship care are independently able to bathe, dress and go to the loo. However, carers can offer support where needed and provide sensitive assistance with trickier tasks.Adaptable care: Home care can be flexible and adapt to changing needs. Companionship carers may start out providing just a few hours of company and support. If you loved one becomes unwell or infirm, the assistance can be extended to meet the new demands. From simple help with chores to twenty-four-hour nursing care, the right care can be found to ensure they can continue to live safely in their own home.