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Elderly In-Home Companion Care Services in Orlando, Florida

What is Elderly Companion Care?

Senior Helpers in-home companion care services focus on improving the health and well-being of your aging loved ones so they can get the most out of life. While many of our clients enjoy their independence, there comes a time where additional assistance may be needed. A simple ride to the doctor’s office or grocery store can be an obstacle to overcome when family and friends live far away or when they don’t have the time to devote to being with their loved ones as much as they might like.

Hiring a companion caregiver could be the alternative to a nursing home that your family has been looking for. Our staff and dependable companion caregivers routinely serve the residents of the Orlando area. Whether you need a companion caregiver 24/7 or just a few hours a day, Senior Helpers is here to help. We strive to get to know our client’s unique stories and personalities so we can plan activities that will be both stimulating and enjoyable. Our companion care service options are flexible and customizable according to your specific situation, and as part of our personalized approach, we customize a care plan to match the needs of both the senior and their loved one.

What is the Difference Between Companion Care and Personal Care?

Companion care is a non-medical care service offered to seniors who live at home and can benefit from receiving help with everyday tasks, along with companionship and emotional support. In addition to providing emotional support and caring companionship, our Senior Helpers’ companion caregivers assist with shopping, meal preparation, medication and appointment reminders, light housekeeping and laundry, and transportation to doctor’s appointments.

Personal care service, on the other hand, is hands-on care assistance for individuals who are unable to complete activities of daily living, self-care, or personal hygiene on their own or without assistance. Personal care services include assistance with bathing, toileting, grooming, continence, transfers, and ambulation. Senior Helpers' team of certified nursing assistants (CNAs) and home health aides (HHAs) provide personal care services. In addition, CNAs and HHAs are also able to provide companion care along with personal care services.

Our Companion Care Services in Orlando Include:

  • Caring companionship and conversation:

Our trained and caring caregivers provide companionship, emotional support, and opportunities for positive social interaction. 

  • Help with hobbies:

Caregivers can help rekindle an older person's interest in a favorite hobby and activity. 

  • Scrapbooking & games:

Caregivers can help seniors organize and prepare seasonal scrapbooks and assist with card or board games during scheduled visits.

  • Gardening:

Caregivers can assist seniors in picking up plants, seeds, or annuals from their favorite nurseries. They can also encourage clients to help maintain indoor plants and small seasonal gardens. 

  • General shopping and errands:

​​​​​​​Caregivers can provide support while shopping or running daily errands. 

  • Transportation and appointments:

Caregivers may provide transportation to medical appointments, grocery stores, farmers' markets, and local senior centers. 

  • Reminder services:

Caregivers can help with medications, dates, and routines. Caregivers can assist with medication reminders, doctor's appointments and help maintain daily routines.  

  • Meal preparation:

​​​​​​​Caregivers can assist seniors in preparing meals and healthy snacks. 

  • Light housekeeping:

Caregivers can lend a hand with basic housekeeping chores, such as cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, changing bed and bath linens, and helping with laundry. 

  • Errands (prescription pick-up, dry cleaning, etc.):

Caregivers can assist in running daily errands, picking up prescriptions, medication, personal care items, and household supplies.

  • Grocery shopping:

​​​​​​​Caregivers can provide transportation and accompany seniors while shopping at a favorite grocery store or farmer's market.

  • Home safety evaluation:

Caregivers can be a great asset in helping keep seniors safe at home. We can help identify conditions that could increase the risk of a fall and injury. Our companion caregivers can also help resolve safety concerns by notifying their care team, a family caregiver, or care partners of conditions that need to be improved or changed to reduce safety risks.

Why Choose Senior Helpers as Your In-Home Companion Caregiver Provider?

Our companion caregivers are supervised employees and not independent contractors. Our agency verifies employee credentials and references, completes required background checks, assesses skills, and provides opportunities for ongoing training.

  • Senior Helpers Orlando is accredited by The Joint Commission. Only 8% of home care companies receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest accrediting entity in health care. 
  • We never send a stranger. Senior Helpers Orlando makes it a priority to ensure that caregivers are appropriately introduced before starting a caregiving assignment. 
  • Nurse support is available 24/7.
  • Senior Helpers Orlando has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau in Central Florida. 
  • Senior Helpers has been recognized on Fortune's 2021 Best Workplace in Aging Services' list for At-Home Care!
  • Senior Helpers Orlando is bonded and insured.

When is Companion Care Needed?

Companion Care Services Help Reduce Social Isolation and Decline

When visiting your mother’s home, you notice that the kitchen and bathroom are in disarray, and the dishes have been piling up in the sink since the week before. Her house does not look like the place you knew in years past. And tidiness has gone by the wayside.

Your mother informs you that she rarely goes out because she is afraid of driving. She tells you that she is lonely and misses her long-time friend and neighbor, who moved away six months ago. She also shares with you that her doctor has suggested that she get out of the house, stay active, and start going on those fast-paced walking routines she had so often bragged about the year before. However, she doesn’t want to go out by herself. You’ve tried visiting more often to keep her company, but your work schedule has made it difficult to keep pace with those good intentions. 

This last visit has been an eye-opener. The experience has helped you identify your mother’s loneliness, lack of interest in previous activities, and reduced physical activity. This may be the right time to start talking about the need for companion care services.

A caring and dependable Senior Helpers’ caregiver who can provide companionship, assist with household activities, or partner up on daily walks may be a welcome change for any senior who lives alone. Having a companion caregiver stop by three to four hours per day, five days a week could be a great way to start reducing social isolation. 

Isolation, feelings of loneliness, and a lack of physical activity can all have adverse effects on the health of older adults. Loneliness and depression may also contribute to accelerated cognitive decline in some seniors, according to a study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

Receiving quality companion care services can have a positive impact on seniors who live alone, rarely go out, and do not have family or friends living in the same area. The sooner family members can help provide the right services and interventions, the better it is for our loved ones! And don’t assume that technology can do the trick. Making an occasional phone call, sending an email, and texting may help some. However, technology has its limitations and will never take the place of human contact and person-to-person interactions.

How to Choose a Companion Caregiver

​If you can't personally be with an aging loved one around the clock, hiring a trusted in-home caregiver is one way to have peace of mind that they are regularly being looked after and protected. Selecting a caregiver for your senior is perhaps one of the biggest decisions you will make in your and your loved one's lives, so it's important to know what to look for when making this choice. Here are the top traits to look for in a senior caregiver:

  • Attention to Detail:

A successful senior caregiver is a stickler for details. This comes into play on a daily level in following schedules and administering medication, but also on a broader scale in noticing gradual changes in your loved one's behavior, health, and cognitive ability. Close attention to detail can help ensure adjustments to care are made as your loved one's needs evolve. It also ensures that changes to your loved one's health and wellness are noticed and addressed as soon as possible.

  • Communication Skills:

Strong communication skills are crucial in several respects. Your caregiver must be a diligent communicator with you and their employer to keep you both informed of the developments in your loved one's health and routines. Your caregiver must also possess strong communication skills for relating directly with your loved one in order to understand their everyday needs and wants. Depending on your loved one's health status or stage of life, the caregiver may need to interpret non-verbal or emotional cues to provide the best care.

  • Personal Investment:

Caregiving can be challenging work, and those that are best suited for it garner personal fulfillment from the experience. Senior Helpers Orlando is the first and only national in-home care company ranked as a Great Place to Work by the Great Place to Work® Institute. Our caregivers report sentiments like their work is more than just a job, offers a sense of pride, and contributes to the greater good of the overall community. It is this sense of personal investment that sets the average caregiver apart from the stellar service provider.

  • Background & Experience:

When selecting a caregiver for your loved one, you'll want to look for someone with field experience and references to back it up. At Senior Helpers Orlando, we are committed to never sending a stranger into your loved one's home. This means that unlike referral services or registries, where caregivers are contracted to provide service and may do so intermittently, our caregivers are all supervised employees. We ensure background checks have been performed, and references have been consulted. We also make sure to arrange introductions between our caregiver and your loved one before care is provided so that your loved one always opens their door to a vetted, familiar face.

Where to Start with Choosing an In-Home Companion Caregiver

Everyone can use a helping hand. Senior Helpers makes it easy to get started with companion care services in your home. We will be happy to coordinate a free in-home consultation to get to know your loved one and his or her needs, help address any questions you may have, and provide recommendations for care. Click here to get started today.

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Resource:

Loneliness, depression and cognitive function in older U.S. adults; International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry; published May 9, 2016; retrieved October 5, 2021, from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/gps.4495