Personal Care vs. Companion Care
Personal care services are different from companion care services. Personal care involves carrying out personal needs that require physical assistance, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and incontinence care. On the other hand, companion care is often described as non-skilled or low-level assistance that doesn't require as much training as personal care aides. Companion caregivers will help loved ones with instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs) that do not involve physical assistance such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, running errands, laundry, transportation to and from appointments, taking medication, shopping for groceries, etc.
While many seniors don't need 24-hour live-in care or around-the-clock assistance, they do sometimes require help with personal care from time to time and may benefit from regular visits from a caregiver for companionship and socialization.