At Assisting Hands Home Care we do our best to find just the right companion match. It’s important that personalities click so the caregiver can quickly turn into that new buddy or friendly neighbor.
During good weather, a companion caregiver can go for walks, go shopping for gifts at local stores, take you to get your hair or nails done, or accompany you to visit friends. These days COVID safety concerns make it harder to socialize outdoors.
You can still enjoy time with your caregiver at home playing games like dominoes & Yahtzee, or simply reminiscing about the old days. We often select a companion caregiver closer to the age of the client so he or she may connect more easily in conversation. Do you have a hobby like sewing or reading? Your caregiver can take you to the fabric store or library. Remember, at Assisting Hands you are our CLIENT. Where you go and what you do is really up to you.
Companion caregivers may also provide transportation to the doctor, dentist, or other appointments. You may even decide to stop for a quick bite on the way home or take a walk in nature. A companion caregiver can also provide transportation to visit your grandchildren or friends.
Meals are better shared with friends and family. In fact, studies have found that digestion improves when we eat in company. An Assisting Hands caregiver can enjoy a meal at a local restaurant with you or prepare something at home.
Often the client and caregiver can work on the meal together. Think of the caregiver as the sous chef. Your loved one can direct your favorite meals while she helps lift heavy pots and dishes. Our sensation for taste declines as we age and we often have a smaller appetite. Assisting Hands caregivers are trained to encourage your loved one to eat healthy meals at home.
The schedule always depends on your needs. Typically, our clients request companionship for 4-6 hours/day. After completing a complimentary in-home assessment, we can work together to create just the right schedule for you.
How to Introduce Companion Care to your Loved One
We are certain your loved one is going to enjoy having a new friend in town! However, resistance is normal at first. We suggest calling the caregiver a buddy, assistant, helper, or friend. These alternate names are more aligned with companion care. Start slowly with just a few days/week and once a comfort level develops we can add more hours. Please call us to consult about other tips or tricks if you loved one is hesitant to try a caregiver for the first time!
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