Wikipedia describes companionship – “ An interpersonal relationship is an association between two or more people that may range from fleeting to enduring.”
Are you a primary caregiver for an elderly parent or loved one, or are you a senior who would like to have the company of someone who may have common interests with you? Would you enjoy outings and social activities with someone other than a hurried family member or on your own? In this busy life it is not uncommon to seek out someone to provide companionship.
Asking the following questions will make the process somewhat easier and you will know what it is you are looking for:
1. Do you want someone to live in or do you want someone to stop by daily or a couple of times a week for a few hours?
2. Do you want someone experienced with a certificate that will provide you personal care?
3. Do you want someone to keep you company, run errands, spend time in conversation or go on outings?
4. Do you want someone to help with daily chores, light meal making?
5. Is it important that the same person comes every visit?
These are some of the question that will help determine what your needs or wants may be in regards to companionship. The answers will give you a little guideline when you make the decision and begin the process of companionship for yourself or your elderly parent and they are very valid questions to ask when searching for a company that provides companionship.
The best way to start looking for someone to provide companionship is talk to friends, co-workers and anyone you may know that can recommend a reputable company that provides companionship and home support. Call on community centers and seniors resource centers they may be able to provide you a listing of companies in your area. Using a company will make the process easier, instead of hiring a companion on your own. Be sure the company you hire screens, does vulnerable background checks, checks character references, provides first aid education and is properly insured.
The benefits of hiring a companion for your elderly parent or loved one or yourself can be a rewarding and wonderful experience for all involved. Relationships which develop are special and they are formed on mutual trust, acceptance and affection for one another. Seniors who would like to stay in their homes are much happier with companions than if they were left on their own or moved into nursing homes or other facilities. Even though they are in assisted living facilities, companionship is very beneficial to their well-being.