New research highlights the benefits of having a senior companion

New Research Reiterates the Amazing Power of Having a Senior Companion

In Health by Companions for Seniors

At Companions for Seniors, we’re truly passionate about providing care for the elderly. Our caregivers stand apart because of the joy they take in helping others. We don’t view caring as a job, but as a calling. 

That’s why we can often be found combing through all of the latest news, research, and facts about senior health and senior care — because we want to focus on always bringing the latest and greatest in care to our clients, and providing interesting and relevant new information to anyone who comes to us for answers or guidance. 

Recently, an intriguing study made some headlines and caught our eye, and we wanted to share its remarkable findings with you. This new research is a powerful reminder of just how much having a senior companion can mean for seniors’ health and well-being. 

A New Study on Senior Health

The research study, which was first brought to our attention by Science Daily, monitored seniors who received regular meal delivery from a food delivery service in towns located in California and Ohio. 

The goal of the study, titled “Leveraging Home-Delivered Meal Programs to Address Unmet Needs for At-Risk Older Adults,” was to determine if having a regular visitor, such as a meal delivery driver, could help caregivers to “proactively identify changes in [an older adult’s] health, safety, and well-being, and address unmet needs.” The drivers were given an app-based tool to provide regular updates and notify care coordinators of any changes in the senior’s health or well-being. 

Over the span of 12 months, delivery drivers submitted a total of 429 alerts, the study found. As Science Daily explains: 

“The most frequent alerts were submitted for changes in health (56%), followed by self-care or personal safety (12%) and mobility (11%). On follow-up, a total of 132 referrals were issued, with most referrals for self-care (33%), health (17%), and care management services (17%).”

In summary? Drivers who were able to spend a few minutes with an elderly adult were able to notify caregivers about changes to the senior’s health and wellness, leading to an active response that could help improve that senior’s health, happiness, and quality of life. 

That’s all from drivers who were able to spend just a few minutes at a time with a senior. If that’s the case, imagine how much more effective the level of response could be from an experienced, trained companion, who spends more time with a senior and gets even more of a chance to know what makes them unique! 

The Remarkable Benefits of Companion Care for the Elderly

This study is a reminder of the amazing difference that having someone in their life can make for elderly adults and the family caregivers who love and support them. 

For sandwich generation caregivers, it can be difficult to devote as much time as you’d like to your elderly loved ones, and observe their changing health over time. A senior companion can help bridge that attention gap, watching out for subtle “yellow flags” and stepping in to help in the event of a sudden downturn in a senior’s well-being. 

Available on a flexible schedule that suits your senior’s needs, as well as your own, an experienced senior companion can be your eyes and ears, providing routine updates on your loved one’s health and well-being, while also sending notifications to your loved one’s entire caregiving network in the event of a change or an urgent situation. 

Meanwhile, a companion can provide a wide variety of services designed to empower your senior loved one to live a more full and independent life, all from the comfort and safety of home. Services provided by an experienced senior companion include: 

  • Assisting with routine activities of daily living, or ADLs. Many seniors face chronic health conditions and mobility changes that can make it harder to sit, stand, move around, and perform routine tasks such as grooming and bathing. A companion can help with these common ADLs, making a senior’s day-to-day experience easier and safer. 
  • Providing reliable driving services. Roughly half of all older adults say they do not have access to reliable transportation. A companion can help provide a senior with rides to social events, doctor’s appointments, errands, and more. 
  • Assisting with housekeeping, laundry, and other household chores. Providing assistance with routine household chores can help seniors live more safely, and more independently. 
  • Offering social support and friendship. Loneliness and social isolation are some of the biggest health problems facing seniors today. A senior companion can be a true friend, joining a senior to play games, swap stories, share meals, and go on outings.  

Want to Talk All Things Senior Care? Companions for Seniors Is Here to Help

Do you have an aging loved one who may benefit from getting to spend time with an experienced senior companion? Are you a family caregiver looking to get some much-needed respite? Have any more questions about home care, or any other type of long-term care for seniors? We’d love to keep the conversation going! 

At Companions for Seniors, empowering elders and their caregivers is our passion, and we’re happy to talk over any thoughts or questions you might have. We’re always here to bounce ideas off of, and help you find the best course of action for yourself and your senior loved one.

Our mission is to help seniors live independently and with dignity in the comfort of their own home by empowering them to lead an active and enriched lifestyle and improving their quality of life – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Our companions are trained, bonded, and insured, and can help provide a variety of services designed to help your loved one age in place with ease. We’re locally owned in the Chicago area, with clients in the city and suburbs. Don’t hesitate to contact us today using our handy online portal, or give us a call at 866-910-9020 to get the conversation started.