Help You Need, Right at Home
Maybe you’ve noticed Mom and Dad’s house starting to decline — counters are dirty, shelves undusted. Or perhaps your sister’s health is waning; she’s growing older and forgets to take her medications. Whatever the signs, you’re beginning to wonder if your loved one needs help around the house. Companionship and homemaking offer just that: nonclinical assistance for those who need it, without leaving the comfort of home.
What Is Companionship and Homemaking?
From doing the laundry and taking out the garbage to reading out loud or playing cards, assistants in companionship and homemaking serve as another support system within the home. They’re available to help remind clients when to take their medications, keep up around the house and even drive someone to a hair appointment. Both services differ slightly in how they work.
The purpose of companionship is to offer company and friendship. Companions may help with certain household chores, such as laying out towels before a shower, but their primary purpose is to spend time with the client. Grown children may want to hire companions to keep an eye on their aging parents, for example. Some of the support services offered by companionship include:
- Reading a book aloud
- Playing games
- Accompanying the patient for a walk outside
- Letter writing
- Monitoring the home
Think of homemaking as an addition to companionship. With a homemaker, clients will receive all the benefits of a companion—such as transportation—but with added bonuses. Homemaking extends to include tasks such as cooking, cleaning and even grocery shopping. Some of the services offered by homemaking include:
- Taking out the garbage
- Light housekeeping
Cheaper Than Home Health Aides
Companionship and homemaking do not include medical services. For example, companions cannot help clients take their medications. Instead, they can prepare the bath and remind patients to take their medications. Most states require additional licensing for personal, hands-on services.
Therefore, hiring companions or homemakers will cost less than hiring a home health aide, who undergoes additional training and needs a state license to provide their services
Benefits of Companionship and Homemaking
From taking away loneliness to ensuring proper nutrition, companionship and homemaking have many benefits for clients. If you suspect your loved one isn’t eating well, for example, having a homemaker available to cook nutritious meals can turn around your family member’s health.
Here are just a few of the benefits these services offer:
- Increased mobility due to transportation services
- Cognitive stimulation: Playing table games and other assorted activities
We Want to Help
When you call Right at Home, one of our staff will visit your loved one’s house and provide a free assessment to determine your needs. Our staff members are very flexible and will partner with your family to determine the best schedule for companionship and homemaking visits.
Curious to see how we can support your loved one in the comfort of his or her home?
Contact us today at (860) 436-9757.