Almost 30% of America’s population suffered with at least one chronic disease at the turn of the century. We expect this number to increase. We also expect healthcare cost to increase as well. Over 12 million adults needed assistance at home in the mid-1990s and over 50% of this group was over the age of 60. These statistics only further prove the need for quality elderly companion services in the homes of seniors around the country.
What Is Long Term Care?
Long term care refers to care that is given to patients who are and have been impaired for some time. This type of care allows them to function at the highest level possible. Services under this umbrella are:
- Residential care
- Physical care
- Mental care
- Emotional care
Long term can be formal or it can be informal like elderly companion services. The care can take place in an institution or it can take place in a patient’s home.
Companion Services and Longevity
Seniors who maintain close relationships with family, friends and their community typically live longer lives than those who are isolated and do not have the same level of support. Research has shown that having social networks can positively impact a person’s physical health and mental health. It can also stop or prolong a senior’s relocation into an institution.
Staying At Home
It is not surprising that most seniors prefer to receive long term care at home. Those who do not have family or friends can hire companion services through an agency. It is nearly impossible for a senior to live alone at home if they do not have the supportive services of friends, family or a professional companion.
Professional companions are also referred to as caregivers, homemakers and aides. They provide non-medical care, but the assistance they offer does help to maintain a senior’s overall health. These companions also help to facilitate activities for the elderly.
Elderly companion services can make a huge difference in the life of an older adult. A hard working, energetic and compassionate companion can extend the right level of assistance and care.
To find out more about our elderly companion services, contact us for a free consultation.