There are many levels of assistance that caregivers seek out for respite care, comfort and companionship of their loved ones.
Many seniors do not require the extensive medical care that is needed from a nursing home…or even the type of care that is required from a home health care agency.
In this instance, then, companion care may be the answer.
Followers of this blog will know that I am a member of my local chapter of the National Aging In Place Council, and I was fortunate enough to sit down with a new member, Patricia Bokowski, who does companion care for seniors…as a means of alleviating some of the strains of caregivers for the caregivers she serves.
Below are the notes and ideas I obtained from speaking with Patricia…if you are interested in companion care on Long Island, visit NineFrogs.com (her consulting site) for more information.
In essence, the services that are offered through companion care amount to the equivalent of an adult babysitting service. The services provided are…
- Running errands
- Light housework
- Doing the laundry
- Taking the client for a walk
- Watching TV with them
- Playing their favorite hobbies
- Make their bed
As you can see from this list, it does not cover any of the 6 Activities for Daily Living, providing medical services or transport to and from medical appointments (the transportation issue is because of the increased liability that could come from taking the individual out in this fashion).
The one logical question to ask…because these companion care providers are not licensed…is where to find a reputable one that will properly take care of your loved one and not abuse them.
The best answer that Patricia could give me was through a personal referral. If you are a caregiver, then you probably know other people who are in a similar situation as you. If you do, these are the people to ask for a personal referral for companion care.