We talk to many families who are concerned about an aging parent living at home independently. Over the years, they’ve watched as daily tasks become more difficult to complete and they notice that their aging loved one doesn’t get out or socialize as much as they used to. Fortunately, there is an option that allows a senior to remain independent in the comfort of home, while receiving the assistance they need: a professional companion caregiver.
The greatest benefit of a companion is the individualized attention. A caregiver can offer adult conversation, sharing stories and discussing hobbies or current events. This is a great way to keep a senior’s mind sharp and to promote cognitive functioning to combat age related conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. Word games and puzzles are particularly effective at helping to preserve memory, and companions can encourage seniors to engage in these activities on a regular basis.
Age also brings slower reflexes and a decline in vision, making it necessary for aging seniors to turn in their driver’s licenses and rely on others for transportation. Companion caregivers can drive their clients to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store and even out to meet friends. Busy family members who are taking care of their own jobs and children may not have time to be a chauffeur, but a companion caregiver can remove this burden.
Finally, companion caregivers offer peace of mind to both seniors and their families. Seniors are able to continue living at home, knowing they will receive the assistance they need whether it is with daily tasks such as cooking or light housekeeping or with personal care such as bathing, dressing and grooming. Families can also rest assured that a professional and compassionate caregiver is always by their loved ones side.
At Home Care Assistance of Naples, we go beyond the basics of care. We understand it’s not just about helping a senior, but providing the assistance needed to hold onto their independence, self-esteem and pride. For more information about hourly care in Naples, contact a Care Manager at 239-449-4701 and schedule a complimentary, risk-free consultation.
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