What is companionship?
The definition of companionship is “the feeling of friendship or fellowship” – it’s a vital connection with somebody which gives a sense of togetherness. If you have a companion living with you, you enjoy their company and want to spend time with them. Companionship is a basic human need, and when these needs are not fulfilled it can cause emotional and physical problems - especially for the elderly or disabled.
Many people sadly live alone. Perhaps, a result of the death of a spouse or merely they chose to and never found that special person to connect with. Either way, and for whatever the reason, these days there is a solution. You can approach an agency to find ‘A Companion to Live-in your home with you.’ We are not talking dating agency here – we are talking ‘Live-in Care Agency’. Live-in care agencies specialize in finding people who want to do this as a career and matching you to them. Whether you are looking for just a companion or a companion that also has skills to care for you, it really is a wonderful solution.
Here are just some of the things a live-in carer/companion can help with:
Accompanying you on holidays
Walking the dog
Visiting family and friends
Going to the pub, theatre, swimming pool
Shopping for food, clothes or other items
Going to leisure activities
Using public transport for a trip out and about
Enjoying a chat over a cup of tea and biscuits
Joining in with your hobbies
Going to a church service
Visiting a community centre
Company and transport for appointments
Helping with your personal correspondence
Any care needs you may have now or in the future
What are the benefits of friendships for the elderly?
Having a friend and companion is good for your health and well-being. Friends can help you celebrate the good times in life and provide support during hard times. Friends help prevent loneliness and put a smile on your face each day. Your live-in care companion becomes a friend who can help you:
Increase your sense of belonging
Give you purpose
Boost your happiness
Reduce your stress
Improve your self-confidence
Help you cope with traumas and unfortunate events.
Arrange a Live-in Care Companion
Did you know that Access Care can help you find a companion? We can send you a choice of people we’ve selected based on what you tell us you are looking for and if you like one we’ll make it happen. If they come and you don’t like them. If you or someone you know is feeling lonely or needs a friend to help them with their day-to-day tasks, then give us a call on 0800 980 3958 and one of our friendly live-in companion consultants will be able to answer your questions. You can also contact us via our website here!