Personal and Companion Care for Elderly Citizens

Nurse Assisting a Senior Woman

Caregivers are an important part of senior home care assistance in Boonville. They are not just attendants or staff of an elderly home. Although true for caregivers who work in facilities, there are more things that a caregiver can provide. He is responsible for the overall well-being of the patient. That means that for the most part, they would not need to interact with the patient.

There are two types of interactions:

Personal Care

A caregiver can provide much-needed assistance with diet monitoring, medication, physical therapy, personal hygiene assistance, and others. Other services include personal care assistance, including bathing, eating, dressing, toileting and the like. This is the impression that most people have of caregivers.

Caregivers have gone beyond helping in this manner. They have become the patient’s only companion, and they have become dependent on their caregivers.

Companion Care

A caregiver should also be able to assist in ensuring that the patient is not alone when he does his chores and errands, travels, goes on doctor visits, etc. The caregiver as a companion can also help with the cooking, cleaning and laundry. Other more mundane, but equally important tasks are basic companionship, activities around the house, as well as normal conversation. This may sound like a little matter.

However, the conversation is a form of human interaction which a senior craves. It keeps them active, with their minds being occupied with carrying on a conversation. The moment an elderly citizen has no one to talk to, they start to talk to themselves. Although unavoidable, it is best to have an active and live conversation with someone else rather than ramble on and talking in circles.

Caregivers have diverse skills and are there to help elderly citizens to live their life as normally as possible. The skills range from the hard skills which require more muscles and soft skills which aid in human interaction.