Companionship can be a wonderful way to enhance a loved one’s quality of life while improving their overall safety and well-being. Evidence shows that social interaction has a major, positive impact on health and longevity.

Companion care is a form of home care offering non-medical services to older adults or people with disabilities. Companion care differs from personal care in that personal care may provide the same services as companion care but also help with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and medication management, depending on regulations. The goal of companion care is primarily emotional support and socialization, although companions may help older adults with a variety of tasks including:

 

Companionship services covers the following:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Other household chores such as washing clothing and dishes
  • Running errands such as grocery shopping
  • Planning and scheduling appointments and social activities
  • Transportation to appointments and other activities
  • Preparing meals
  • Socialization and entertainment
  • Communicating with family members and other care team professionals
  • Education support.