What are the psychological and physical benefits of companion care?
Human beings were not meant to be alone. Unfortunately, that happens too frequently to the elderly population. As they age, many feel isolated and depressed because the need for touch and companionship is not met. Often, the elderly are isolated in nursing homes, or if they are in their own homes, they are dependent on the kindness of others, which may not be available.
Physical and psychological health is important at any age, but the elderly population may suffer from depression or suicidal tendencies for lack of it. A large percentage of elderly people receive very little emotional support through something as simple as touching. Older adults age in place very well if they have the assistance necessary for them to sustain themselves. It is more desirable for them to stay in their own homes as long as possible. That is why having an elderly caregiver (a caregiver for the elderly) is one of the best solutions for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.
Providing companionship care is a noble profession, which most people will likely require at some point. Someone to do simple tasks, like taking their blood pressure or helping with activities of daily living, gives seniors a sense of purpose and helps relieve psychological loneliness.
Some of the physical and psychological health benefits of having companion care are:
Retention of Dignity
When people are accustomed to taking care of themselves, it is very difficult to have to depend on others for basic necessities. Keeping one’s dignity can be had by having someone who is friendly and unobtrusive to act, along with them, in doing daily routines, such as bathing, washing dishes or cooking. Feeling as though they are not a burden on others helps them feel useful and more able to face each day.
Lack of communication is one of the most prevalent ways that seniors experience psychological loneliness, and it is easily averted simply by having someone with whom they can converse. When seniors lack conversational interaction with others, they become withdrawn and often lose interest in socializing. Loneliness and boredom set in, and they may even use it as a crutch to keep from communicating after a while. It is heartbreaking when they have to depend on television for companionship.
Having an elderly caregiver (caregiver for the elderly) in the home with them can help avert multiple perils. Common household dangers, such as falls, answering the door, or forgetting and leaving a pot on the stove, which may cause a fire, can be prevented. Feeling secure in the home is beneficial for the recipient as well as the family, who may not be available to care for their loved one.
Older adults age best when they receive timely, accurate medication. Frequently, companionship care is responsible for making sure they do not over-medicate, causing a trip to the hospital or death. They sometimes forget whether they have taken the medication and will repeat the dosage. Other times, they may not take it at all. Either scenario can be detrimental. Those with Alzheimer’s disease, especially, have to be monitored, and checking blood pressure is often one of the most needed practices.