Companion care is a form of home care when non-medical services are needed for seniors or a loved one with disabilities. Companion care, unlike the common known services performed by personal care aides (also known as home health aides) also help with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. The goal of companion caregiver is primarily emotional support and socialization, although companions may help older adults with a variety of tasks including:
The cost of companion care services may be less than the national average median figures depending on where you live and the number of hours you need a companion each day. The national median hourly rate for homemaker services is $20 per hour, marking a 2.56% increase in average median costs from 2015.
Older adults who reside independently in their own homes may eventually have difficulty managing everyday household tasks. Whether they experience a loss of mobility with aging or cognitive decline from the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, companion care is often the first way families seek help to enable their aging loved ones to remain in their own homes.
Companion care is a valuable benefit for older adults who face challenges in keeping up with daily household chores, are at risk of isolation, or need transportation to appointments and other locations. If your aging loved one wants to age-in-place, companion care is one of the most helpful services to enable them to remain independent, in their own home.