July 1, 2019

Seeing your parents or another senior loved one deal with age-related changes and challenges can be trying. It can be even more stressful when you feel like you have to commit to caregiving on your own, without any outside help or support. 

Home care is one long-term care option with countless benefits to offer to older adults, and the family caregivers who love them. With this type of care, a professional senior companion spends time with your loved one, helping provide assistance with everyday tasks and offering friendship and support. 

As you look into all of the types of long-term care available near you, it’s important to consider home care, and determine if it is going to be the right fit for your senior parent or eldely loved one. 

Who is home care for? This form of flexible, cost-effective long-term care is a great fit for… 

Seniors Who Need Some Additional Support

Many older adults want to remain at home, but need a little bit of support and care to make day-to-day life easier. Disrupting a senior’s life in order to move them into institutionalized care can be expensive, unhealthy, and incredibly inconvenient. Meanwhile, home health options are often more than what seniors need to live comfortably and independently. Home care is a great middle ground option that will be exactly the right fit for many older adults. With home care, a senior companion can make themselves available on a flexible schedule and perform a variety of services designed to help your loved one thrive and enjoy life, including assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs), helping with light housekeeping and meal preparation, offering driving services, and more. It’s all about creating a personalized care plan tailored for the unique needs of the senior in your life, empowering them to live the independent and healthy lifestyle that suits them. 

Older Adults Who Want to Age in Place

According to research from the AARP, about 90% of older adults say that they want to age in place, and stay in the comfort and safety of their own homes as they get older. Home care can be a great fit for seniors who don’t want to uproot their lives in order to relocate to an expensive institutionalized care option, such as an assisted living facility. With home care services, older adults can get the personalized level of care they need, on the convenient and flexible schedule that works for them. 

Family Caregivers Who Need Some Relief

Family caregivers give so much to care for the elderly adults in their lives. While it is an incredible act of love and devotion to care for a senior loved one, many family caregivers find themselves feeling stressed, exhausted, and burnt out over time. Many family caregivers fall into the “sandwich generation,” and find themselves caring for younger kids and older parents or guardians at the same time. It’s a lot to take on alone. Home care is often called “respite care,” for just this reason – because it can help provide family caregivers with the opportunity to get some much-needed rest and respite. With a senior companion taking on some of the responsibilities of providing for your senior loved one, you can get back more time to relax, recharge, and refocus on the other important things in life. 

Older Adults Who Could Use Some Company

Sometimes, all it takes is a smile and a greeting from a friendly face to turn your entire day around. This is particularly true for older adults, many of whom face the hidden health concerns of loneliness and social isolation. There are countless proven benefits to maintaining strong social bonds, particularly for seniors. Older adults who are more socially active and connected report experiencing more satisfaction and happiness with life, better mental health, improved physical health, and higher rates of longevity, compared to those who are more isolated. Unlike other types of long-term care, home care is all about being present for your loved one. This could mean that a companion stops by to play games, watch movies, share meals, and go on walks. It’s not about being a caretaker – it’s about being a true friend. 

Seniors Who Need to Get Around Town

According to reports, about half of all Americans older than 65 say that they do not have access to public transportation, and many cannot drive safely. Among these non-drivers, about half say that they often feel like they must “stay at home” in a given day, because they “don’t have transportation options.” For many older adults, it can feel constraining having to stay at home all day. Home care is a flexible and affordable way to connect seniors with reliable driving and transportation services. Having access to reliable transportation can be a game changer, empowering older adults to remain independent and allowing them to run errands, go to doctor’s appointments, and keep up a more active social schedule. 

Adults Recovering from Surgery or Illness

After a surgery, an accident, or a major illness, many older adults need some additional support and care, above what a family member can provide alone. Available on a part-time or full-time schedule that works for your loved one’s needs and your availability as a family caregiver, home care can help provide the assistance that your senior loved one needs, so that they can focus on making a full recovery and regaining their independence. 

Companions for Seniors Is Here to Help

Do you think your loved one could benefit from the attention and companionship that a professional caregiver can provide? Do you have any questions, or want to discuss what may be the best course of action for you and your elderly loved one moving forward? Companions for Seniors would be happy to help! 

At Companions for Seniors, our companions are trained, bonded insured, and can help your family shoulder some of the responsibilities of caring for an aging loved one. We are locally owned and operated in Chicago, with clients in the city and suburbs.

We help provide seniors with a higher quality of life, while also offering respite and peace of mind to family caregivers who might need some support. Our companions help stimulate our clients physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, empowering them to live an active and enriched lifestyle in the comfort of their own homes. We also offer companionship services in hospitals or treatment centers. We can develop a personalized care plan specially suited for your senior loved one’s needs; as our client’s needs change, our plan of care can adapt to keep up. 

Have any questions about Companions for Seniors? Want to get in touch? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866-910-9020, or fill out our contact form, available here.