Why is companionship important as we get older?

Having support, in the form of family and friends, is important at any stage of our life.  From the friends we make in school, through to our work colleagues and all the other friends we make along the way, having the company of other people is vital to our wellbeing.

As we get older, our social circles unfortunately get a lot smaller.  It becomes a lot more difficult to make new friends and sometimes even the ones we have become more distant, as busy lives and responsibilities get in the way.

The past year, with social distancing and shielding in place, has exacerbated the situation for many.    And whilst loneliness does affect all ages, older adults are one of the groups that have been hit the hardest.

Often all that’s needed is to have someone to talk to on a regular basis – this is where companionship care comes in. 

What is companionship care?

Companionship care can mean different things to different people but the main aim is to help the individual to feel engaged, supported and socially connected. 

As with all levels of care with Home Instead, companionship care is completely tailored to the individual – what it involves will largely depend on the wants and needs of your loved one. 

The main advantage of companionship care is that an individual doesn’t need to leave their home in order to take part in hobbies and activities or to socialise.  Although of course, if this is something that they would like to do, then the caregiver can help to support with this too.

At home a caregiver will participate in activities that will help to keep your loved one stimulated – playing music, dancing, puzzles and games, baking, gardening.  Anything that your loved one enjoys to do, the list is endless.

What are the benefits of companionship care?

Feeling isolated and lonely can have a negative impact on a person’s health and wellbeing, so having personalised companionship care can really help to turn this around and make a difference to both physical and emotional health.

Family are often under a lot of pressure to ensure they provide the best support for older family members.    They often have to fit care around a young family or work commitments, perhaps even giving up the latter.    These situations can be difficult to cope with, with feelings of guilt and frustration having a negative impact on your own wellbeing.

Bringing in a caregiver to provide additional companionship care and support for your loved one means that you don’t have to be in two places at once.  You can focus on your family or work, and the time you do spend together with your loved one will feel less fraught.   Knowing that they are at home with a familiar, friendly face who is offering them emotional support can be a huge weight off your mind.

How can we help?

At Home Instead Wrexham & Flintshire we’re passionate about providing the right support for you and your loved one. 

We hire our caregivers not only on their knowledge and experience but we also look for genuine, caring people who will be able to share passions and interests with their clients and keep them engaged. 

If you would like to know more about our companionship care services then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.