Lower Manhattan, NY
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Help You Need, Right at Home

cooking with SeniorMaybe 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 care and homemaking offer just that: nonclinical assistance for those who need it, without leaving the comfort of home.

What Is Companionship Care and Homemaking?

From doing the laundry and taking out the garbage to reading out loud or playing cards, professionals in companionship care and homemaking serve as another body within the home. They’re available to help remind patients 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.

Companionship Care

The purpose of companionship care 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 patient. Grown children may want to hire companions to keep an eye on their aging parents, for example. Some of the services offered by companionship care include:

  • Transportation
  • 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 care. With a homemaker, patients 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:

  • Laundry
  • Cooking
  • Taking out the garbage
  • Light housekeeping
  • Organization
  • Respite care

What Does Light Housekeeping Mean?

Caregiver wearing PPE assisting senior client in light house cleaningA caregiver is present in the home of a client to attend to their needs, and ensure that they have access to a clean, tidy and orderly living area. To achieve this outcome, caregivers spend about 20 percent of their time attending to the housekeeping needs of their clients. Light housekeeping services are for the benefit of the client for whom care is provided, and are not intended to meet the housekeeping needs of family members who also live in the home.

In a nutshell, light housekeeping is completing the specific tasks required to tidy up areas that a client uses. We appreciate that there are times when a family caregiver cannot meet the growing demands of their own household, while trying to meet the needs of an elderly or disabled loved one. These situations create a need for heavy housework that caregivers are not able to meet. During these special circumstances, it is appropriate to contract the services of a housekeeping service that is properly trained, licensed and insured to provide those heavy housekeeping duties.


Benefits of Companionship Care and Homemaking

From taking away loneliness to ensuring proper nutrition, companionship care and homemaking have many benefits for patients. 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.

caregiver and senior having tea on couchHere are just a few of the benefits these services offer:

  • Mental (cognitive) stimulation
  • Increased mobility due to transportation services
  • Socialization
  • Improvement in health, both physical and mental
  • Safety supervision

We Want to Help

When you call Right at Home, one of our professionals will visit your loved one’s house and provide a free assessment to determine your needs. Our professionals are very flexible and will partner with your family to determine the best schedule for companionship care 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 (646) 480-4930.

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