It can be difficult to watch our once vibrant and independent parents grow older and lose interest the activities they once loved doing. Aging people are susceptible to becoming withdrawn and socially isolated. It is especially important as individuals age, to maintain the social aspect of life in order to stay mentally and physically healthy. As we all know, general wellbeing increases with social interaction. An excellent service that is gaining in popularity is Companion Care or social visits for seniors who would benefit from spending time with a friend to chat or accompany them on outings and appointments.

35898106_2141311192563003_368704336563273728_nThis type of service offers a visit from a sophisticated individual that has worldly experience that can engage the client in conversations and experiences that relate to the clients’ interests. The companion may drive them to their doctor’s appointments, to the library, or even to brunch to meet with friends.

Companion services fill in the gaps when family cannot be there or if there is limited time during the week to squeeze in a quality visit with mom or dad. It is different from traditional home care services, which help with personal care needs. Companion care is relaxing and social, a friendly face that a person can connect with.

Capital City Nurses pioneered companion care with our “Daughter Down the Street” program, a leading companion care service. Clients love visits with their companion and it helps them participate socially as they always have. Families love The “Daughter Down the Street” because they know their mom or dad are staying active and engaged and are developing new trusted relationships.

**Ask about our male companions, our “Sons Stopping By” too!

A frequent complaint that we hear as a home care provider is that Mom or Dad suffer from boredom or a sense of isolation, even when they have someone with them. They may not be motivated to get busy and participate in an activity unless they are cajoled. Often, they can do many things on their own, but do not know where to start. Let’s face it, during an 8 or a 12 hour day, there is going to be down time. The time between the personal care duties and other tasks around the house when there is no “work” to be done or help needed. This is the time that used to be spent with family, going to work, taking care of others, or just doing hobbies they used to enjoy. Over time, these things occur less and less. A thoughtful, trained and engaged caregiver should have a plan for the downtime. Knowing their clients former employment, interests and passions can help prepare to inspire their client with conversation or activities that are interesting. This doesn’t just happen by chance. It starts with a culture of understanding the dynamics of home care and being proactive to make the client’s experience special.

How Can a Caregiver Help?

The Capital City Nurses way is to address all aspects of our clients’ lives. To help improve their lives we offer coaching on how to fill the downtime. Games, conversation and activities that are individual and appropriately challenging are part of the plan. Exploring new locations, getting outdoors more, or just watching a funny movie with a caregiver, who feels and behaves like a friend.

Improving the quality of a client’s life is essential. Whether they are homebound or simply just getting older, a caregiver program can be an exciting opportunity to improve their quality of life and fill the downtime.