Is Your Loved One Often at Home Alone?
Studies show that along with regular exercise, enough sleep and proper nutrition, an important factor in staying happy and healthy as we get older is regular social interaction with other adults.
People who live alone often experience feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression, which may have a serious impact on their already fragile health. Depression and cognitive decline are issues often faced by the elderly.
The Benefits of Companion Care
Having regular social contact with a friendly companion can dramatically improve the quality of life of an infirm, elderly or disabled person.
Companionship is an essential part of senior and disability care, not just because companions provide assistance with routine daily tasks such as housework and personal hygiene, but also because they provide a meaningful human connection that significantly improves the quality of life.
As adults, we are used to interacting with many people each day. Friends, family and co-workers all provide some degree of companionship which we may sometimes take for granted. However, for the elderly and disabled, the opportunities for making social connections can diminish due to restricted mobility outside their house.
Companion care can encourage self-confidence and independence, and give people the feelings of social connection that they need.
Keep Elders Active and Happy
Most seniors and individuals with a disability want to stay living at home for as long as possible. It’s important to make sure that they have enough social interaction, which can be challenging if they live alone. By introducing a friendly caregiver into the home not only helps your loved one with their activities of daily living, but it also provides them with necessary social stimulation to help them live a much healthy and happier life.
While you try to be with your loved one as often as you can, you can't be with them all day every day and night. We know that you appreciate the peace of mind to know that they are being cared for when you can't be there.
Our Companion Care Service has an experienced and qualified Caregiver assist your loved one with any combination of the following simple domestic activities to improve their quality of life dramatically.
Your Loved One may at times be a challenge to communicate with and possibly show signs of anger, aggression, depression or argumentativeness. These are all common behavioural patterns in ageing seniors. There are effective ways to communicate and manage your interactions with challenging elders. If this situation is familiar to you, reach out to one of our friendly nurses on 1300 85 40 80 and we will coach you in some effective techniques.
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By law, our Caregiver cannot administer medications. However, they can assist in ensuring that medication is taken appropriately as prescribed by the doctor.
The Caregiver can prompt with a reminder when to take the medication, reading the small print on labels, opening medication containers and recording what drugs have been taken in a journal.
We keep your loved one safe by monitoring for any adverse reaction after taking their medications.
It is important for health and safety reasons that your loved one lives in a neat and clean environment.
Most seniors experience a serious fall at some point, and these can often be avoided by keeping the house tidy.
Our Caregivers are available to do light housekeeping such as bed making, vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, dusting, cleaning bathrooms, dishwashing, cleaning kitchens, tidying all rooms, organising closets and cleaning windows.
COMPANIONSHIP & SOCIALISING
If your loved one enjoys less physically demanding activities, our Caregivers have lots of fun activities to do together such as solving puzzles, playing board games, watching movies, researching family their family history, crafting, scrapbooking, chatting about current events and reading together.
If they like to get out and about, our caregiver can assist them with light gardening, gentle walking and escort them to social outings with their friends.
Everyday tasks such as preparing healthy meals can be challenging work for seniors. Our Caregivers can plan the menu and cook delicious meals to meet general or specific nutritional and dietary needs.
We encourage your loved ones to work alongside their Caregiver in the kitchen as this is an excellent opportunity to promote physical mobility and for engaging in stimulating conversation. Our Caregiver will share a meal if invited, or just keep them company while they have their meal.
SHOPPING & ERRANDS
For people with mobility issues, getting into and out of cars with shopping bags and packages can be a real challenge.
Our Caregivers can help by taking your loved one on shopping trips. They will plan the trip, assist them into and out of the car, carry their bags and other items around for them and pack/unpack the shopping including the groceries.
If your loved one would rather stay at home, our Caregivers can do the shopping or run errands for them.
Getting out and about can be difficult for seniors, especially if they find driving difficult. Getting out of the house can take their mind off things and make them feel refreshed and more connected to the outside world.
For people unable to drive themselves, our Caregivers provide transportation in their own personal car, or your loved ones, to services such as doctors appointments, dentists, prescription pickups, barbershops, hairdressers, beauty salons, and general shopping.
Even if they just want to get out and go for a drive, anywhere your loved one wants to go; our caregivers can drive them there.
No matter whether your loved one prefers to have their laundry done at home, in a laundromat or at the dry cleaners, our Caregivers can take care of all their laundry needs.
We can organise their clothes, towel and general linen washing, drying, ironing, folding, sorting and putting away into cupboards.