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What Companion Caregivers Care to Give: In-­Home and Elsewhere

As our loved ones approach seniority, their needs begin to change rapidly – in a manner that can be difficult to anticipate. It becomes harder for us to ensure they enjoy a certain quality of life unaided – and because of that, it’s considered a fact of life to choose a professional caregiver to help out with their lives. Caregivers are medically trained to aid seniors through life, helping with things like medication, healthcare, and important but basic functions such as bathing and feeding.

There Are Companions, Then There Are Caregivers

Companions differ from caregivers. Caregivers are specially­trained to work with seniors, while companions focus more on housekeeping, running errands, arranging for meals and driving. They don’t require the same amount of training – or any, really.

Then, there are companion caregivers. Companion caregivers , like those available through Premiere Home Care, are a combination of both – they’re there to help uplift a senior’s quality of life, while providing minor medical care and keeping an eye on their health. From grabbing the groceries and doing the laundry to feeding and toileting, companion caregivers undergo nurse-supervised training and take care of seniors on a daily basis, whether in­home or in specialized facilities.

What Companion Caregivers Specialize In

Taking care of a senior for most of the day, every day, is a task that requires a high level of professionalism. Companion caregivers can be trained to give physical therapy, just as much as they may be tasked with planning financially for seniors, and providing any specialized necessary tasks depending on what conditions your loved one may have.

Choosing The Right Caregiver

Choosing the right caregiver to accompany your loved one is a matter of circumstance. How many hours a day will you require their services and supervision? Maintaining human dignity is an obvious necessity, but would you want a caregiver to address their client with a surname, or with a first name? Would you want them to engage in lively conversation, to keep it strictly professional?

Statistically, most caregivers are part of the family – but that may not always be the best option. In the end, it becomes a family­wide question whether or not to hire a professional companion caregiver, and more importantly, which caregiver to choose. It’s best to spend a lot of time speaking with caregivers, and asking questions about day­to­day expected events, their experience, and their specialization.

Gary Schuler

I believe in offering one on one, non-medical assistance care custom suited to your own individual needs, so that you can remain in your home for as long as medically possible. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to help families and individuals and I hope that I can continue to do this for many years to come. Premiere Home Care’s greatest wish is to be able to say “We Made a Difference”.

Gary SchulerWhat Companion Caregivers Care to Give: In-­Home and Elsewhere