Companion care is the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. This broad term encompasses such services as assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes (often referred to as residential care), hospice care, and home care. Because of the wide variety of elderly care found globally, as well as differentiating cultural perspectives on elderly citizens, it cannot be limited to any one practice. For example, many countries prefer the traditional methods of being cared for by younger generations of family members.
Elderly care emphasizes the social and personal requirements of senior citizens who need some assistance with daily activities and health care, but who desire to age with dignity. It is an important distinction, in that the design of housing, services, activities, employee training and such should be truly customer-centered.
Given the choice, most elders would prefer to continue to live in their own home instead of moving to an assisted living facility or a nursing home. Many elderly people gradually lose functioning ability and require additional assistance in the home.
The adult children of these elders often face a difficult challenge in helping their parents make the right choices. Assisted living is one option for the elderly who need assistance with everyday tasks. It costs less than nursing home care but is still expensive for most people. Home care services may allow seniors to live in their own home for a longer period of time.
Services can include:
– Light housekeeping
– Transportation to doctor’s appts., the grocery store, etc.
– Medication reminders
– Meal preparation
– Entertainment through games, movies, and hobbies
– General assistance with one’s daily routine
– Keeping up with necessary appts.
– Exercise, where applicable, particularly walking
– Keeping family members informed of one’s general condition
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