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- What is companion care?
- Who benefits from companion care?
- What companion care services does Renewal Care Partners provide?
- What are the backgrounds of the companions at Renewal Care Partners?
- When are companion care services available?
- Is there a minimum duration for the companion care services that Renewal Care Partners provides?
- What is the process for starting companion care?
- What are the costs of companion care?
- How do I request companion care services?
What is companion care?
Companion care involves professional companions providing one-on-one social engagement and non-medical assistance to older adults and people living with health challenges. The goal of companion care is to promote clients' holistic well-being and delay or prevent the need for more advanced care.1
Who benefits from companion care?
Many older adults and people living with chronic health conditions encounter profound loneliness.2 Although often overlooked, social isolation can negatively affect one's quality of life and health. People who are socially isolated have higher incidence of adverse health conditions such as clinical depression, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and even cardiovascular disease.3 In fact, studies have shown social isolation can pose risks to one's health of a similar magnitude as smoking or obesity.4
By providing authentic companionship, companions can reduce these risks. Going beyond supporting physical health, companion care enriches clients' lives. Companion care may be especially beneficial for older adults who live alone and do not have frequent in-person contact with their loved ones.5 Clients re-locating to new homes may also benefit from companion care as they adjust to their new communities.
In addition, companion care benefits clients who are experiencing increasing challenges in managing their households or living independently, but who do not require "hands-on" home healthcare. For example, a client with mild cognitive impairment (or "MCI") may not need assistance with personal care, but still may benefit from supervision by a companion.
Companion care also can serve as “respite care” for family caregivers. The physical and emotional burdens of caregiving can be overwhelming. In neglecting their own needs while caring for their loved ones, family caregivers sometimes put their own health at risk.6 Companion care allows family caregivers to set aside time for their own well-being so they can continue to be present for the people they love.
What companion care services does Renewal Care Partners provide?
The companion care that Renewal Care Partners provides may include any of the following:
- Companionship: conversation and activities based on shared interests
- Escorts: accompaniment and transportation assistance for medical appointments and social outings
- Medication reminders: helping ensure clients comply with instructions from medical providers
- Exercise: daily walks, stretching, and other light physical activity
- Meal preparation: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
- Grooming guidance: help with buttons, socks, and shoes
- Light housekeeping: dusting, tidying, and laundry
- Pet care: feeding, walking, and other care for pets
- Errands: grocery shopping, trips to the pharmacy, and sundries
- Personal organization: filing, removing clutter, and organizing closets
- Correspondence: assistance with letter writing and emails
- Daily financial management: help paying bills and balancing checkbooks
- Technology assistance: setting up computers or assistance navigating the web
What are the backgrounds of the companions at Renewal Care Partners?
Our companions come from diverse backgrounds, from working artists to former family caregivers. Their interests range from classical music to physical fitness. Most have completed college; many hold advanced degrees. All complete an extensive screening process and, once hired, receive ongoing training and oversight.
When are companion care services available?
Our team provides companion care twenty-four-hours per day, seven days a week, including on holidays.
Is there a minimum duration for the companion care services that Renewal Care Partners provides?
We also have no minimum service period. Clients may receive companion care for a few weeks or over the course of many years. However, to realize the benefits of companion care, most clients must work consistently with companions for at least three months. Although we do not require a minimum number of hours of care per visit from our staff, we charge a minimum service fee per visit.
What is the process for starting companion care?
We match our clients with Care Partners whom they look forward to welcoming into their homes. If you or a loved one are a candidate for companion care, you will first meet with one of our Care Managers for an in-home assessment. The Care Manager will work with you to create a personalized service plan. Next, the Care Manager matches you with Care Partners until we find the right mutual fit.
Companion care can be an excellent complement to other services clients may be receiving, such as home health care or care management. Clients receiving companion care also sometimes participate in social programs during the day, or are residents of assisted living centers or nursing homes that offer similar programs. For clients receiving other services, we partner with their current providers to coordinate care and ensure the quality of their overall well-being.
What are the costs of companion care?
The cost of companion care services depends on each client’s needs. For an estimate, please contact us for a free consultation. In the event we are unable to meet your needs, we will refer you to other providers.
How do I request companion care services?
To learn more about companion care or to request services, please contact us.
- Gaugler, J., Kane, R., Kane, R., & Newcomer, R. (2005). Early community-based service utilization and its effects on institutionalization in dementia caregiving. The Gerontologist, 45(2), 177–185. [link]
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