Why is companionship important as we get older?

At any stage of our life, it’s important to have a support network in place.   Whether this is family, friends or other members of a community group, having the company of other people is vital to our wellbeing.

As we age, our social circles usually become smaller and it can become a lot more difficult to make new friends.  Even the ones that we already have can become more distant as busy lives and responsibilities get in the way.

Loneliness and isolation can affect anyone at any age, however older adults tend to be one of the groups that are the most likely to feel lonely.

What is companionship care?

Companionship care can meet different things to different people but the main aim is to help the individual to feel engaged, supported and socially connected and reducing any feelings of isolation.

As will all levels of care with Home Instead, companionship care is completely tailored to the individual, so what that involves will largely depend on the wants and needs of your loved one.   It could be having someone visit the home on a regular basis and engaging in friendly conversation – the main advantage of companionship care is that a person doesn’t have to leave their home in order to participate in hobbies or other activities.  This is especially helpful for those individuals who may be housebound.

At home a caregiver can help you participate in activities that will help to keep the mind and body stimulated – playing music, dancing, puzzles and games, baking, gardening…  Anything that you’ve enjoyed doing in the past, but may just need some additional support to continue, the list is endless.

What are the benefits of companionship care?

Feelings of isolation and loneliness can have a negative impact on a persons health and wellbeing.  Having personalised companionship care can really make a difference to both physical and emotional health.

As a family member, you may be under pressure to give enough time and support for older family members, but often have to fit this around a young family or work commitments.  Sometimes these situations can be difficult to cope with, leaving you with feelings of guilt and frustration, which in turn can have a negative impact on your own wellbeing.

Bringing in additional support means that you don’t have to be in two places at once, leaving you to focus on your family or work – and the time that you do spend together with your loved one should feel more relaxed.   Knowing that they are at home with a familiar, friendly face can be a huge weight off your mind, knowing that they are getting the emotional support that they need.

How we can help?

At Home Instead, we are passionate about providing the right support for you and your loved one.

Our care professionals are hired because of their genuine caring nature and we look for people that are able to share their own passions and interests with clients to keep them engaged.

If you would like to know more about our companionship care services then please don’t hesitate to give us a call.