Find out about the role of a companion worker and how it benefits the life of the person receiving the care at home.
As you get older, you may require care. That may seem a little matter-of-fact, but it is just a part of getting ageing and doesn’t need to be a hindrance to later life. In fact, the right care can help to ensure you maintain your independence, safety and happiness in your own home. The right care can help you avoid residential care, and help you maintain excellent wellbeing.
Could a companion care worker ensure quality of life in your golden years?
Companion care workers provide care in the home for clients who wish to remain independent in their own home; and in many respects is similar to the role of a domiciliary care worker. Residential care is no longer viable for everybody. The Live-in Care Hub discovered that most people don’t want to go into a residential care home. The NHS struggle with bed blocking because residential care home positions are in short supply. With an ageing population, there just aren’t enough places available in care homes to cater for everybody. Residential care can also be more expensive per person, even if the quality of care in some instances might be lacking.
There are lots of reasons that companion care and other types of home care services a quickly growing area of care that clients requiring care are considering. There are so many benefits including (but not limited to):
- The client remaining in the place they love the most
- The ability to keep pets
- The ability to stay in a couple
- The carer having the opportunity to properly use the carer skills they have learnt
- The family of the client getting peace of mind their relative is safe and happy
- Affordable prices in many instances, especially for couples in comparison to two individual residential care home prices
- Companionship for those who may be some of the two fifths of elderly people in the UK who report feeling lonely all the time
So if you are considering care, or perhaps becoming a live-in carer, now is a really good time to consider companion care and the many benefits it can bring.
What Does A Companion Care Worker Do?
A companion care worker is also known as a live-in carer, or domiciliary carer. They might live in the home with their client or they might visit many different clients throughout the day.
They help with a wide range of services including:
- Personal care
- Home maintenance
- Garden maintenance
- Medication routines
- Nutrition and meals
- Pet care
Each range of services for a companion care worker is different. For some their job may revolve around providing basic care for their client, for others they may need to place more emphasis on specialist stroke care or cancer care. Every client is unique in their needs and the care package they have will reflect that. In every instance, the carer will only provide the services they are trained to provide.
Arranging Companion Care
If you are interested in hiring homecare services, or you want to become a live-in carer, the first step is looking into the services offered. Speaking to a live-in care agency is a great idea, and reading about live-in care on The Live-in Care Hub or the UK Care Guide is also helpful. The more you know, the more informed your decision will be, and the smoother the process will be for you when it comes to the next step.