- Friendly & Supportive Conversation
- Plan & Encourage Social Activities
- Encourage Light Exercise
- Encourage Active Thinking
Our compassionate, caring individuals provide companion care to Children, Adults or Seniors with special needs. Some companion care may include household chores, meal preparation, shopping, social interactions and activities. Most Important to us is that we are providing a greater quality of life with qualified, dependable and creative caregivers.
Numerous surveys confirm that a large majority of people age 60 and over desire to live out their years in their own place of residence. In order to do this many people as they age need assistance with performing and completing various tasks. These “activities of daily living” refers to a set of common, everyday tasks, the performance of which is required for personal self-care and independent living. The commonly recognized six activities of daily living are:
- Eating (the ability to put food into the body).
- Bathing (the ability to adequately wash oneself in a bathtub or shower, including the ability to into and out of a bathtub or shower).
- Dressing (the ability to put on and take off clothing, including jewelry and accessories).
- Toileting (being able to get to and from the toilet, to get on and off the toilet, and to perform associated personal hygiene after using the toilet).
- Transferring (the ability to move in and out of chairs, beds, wheelchairs, etc.).
- Maintaining continence (the ability to control one’s bowel and bladder functions and perform associated personal hygiene).
In addition to the standard list of activities of daily living, individuals may also need assistance with other types of activities that most people periodically need to perform. Examples of these activities include the following:
- Cleaning the home.
- Doing laundry.
- Driving to run errands and handle personal business affairs.
- Cooking meals.
- Managing multiple medications on a daily basis.
- Shopping for food, clothing and other basic necessities.
- Performing lawn and garden maintenance.
Did you know that recent research reveals there’s a surprisingly strong link between social needs and health—even longevity? In one survey, four out of five physicians (85 percent) report that unmet social needs directly lead to worse health. The doctors say a patient’s social needs are just as important to address as their medical conditions. If these physicians could write prescriptions to cover their patients’ social needs, these scripts would account for 1 out of every 7 prescriptions they’d write.
Of course, your aging parent’s physician cannot write a prescription to cure their isolation and loneliness. Overcoming these emotional challenges can be difficult for seniors, especially if they live alone. As seniors age, they often lose touch with others due to special circumstances that limit their ability to travel, drive a car or otherwise stay connected to family and friends.
But there is an answer. For many seniors, home care fills the social gap created by growing older. Senior home companions monitor and protect a senior’s safety, health and wellness, handle everyday household tasks—and provide much-needed social interaction. Elderly companions meet an aging parent’s social needs by providing supportive conversation, helping to plan social outings and providing a little friendly encouragement to do light exercise and stay mentally active.
Hospital Companionship Services
Hospital stays, even if for just one night, can be unnerving and stressful for many people. Having someone looking after your best interests just might make that hospital stay less stressful. A Affinity professional caregiver can be scheduled to stay in your hospital room with you for part of or the entire duration of your hospital stay. And if needed, your Affinity caregiver can go home with you to assist with your recovery.