Senior Citizens who live on their own or live far away from loved ones and family may eventually have difficulty in doing mundane everyday tasks like cooking or bathing themselves. Whether they are slowed down due to illnesses that come with aging, loss of mobility or other cognitive decline that comes with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, sitter and companion care might be the one way that concerned loved ones can help take care of them.
We as loved ones may not always be available or live near with our loved ones who are senior citizens so what are the benefits of sitter and companion care services for senior citizens? With companion care, our loved ones can get assistance in doing daily household chores, help with transportation to medical appointments and to other places and just plain provide a companion for those living in isolation.
Who is a Senior Sitter?
If you are interested in knowing more about having a senior sitting for your aged loved ones you must be curious about what a senior sitter is. A senior sitter is a non-medical caregiver who can take care of senior citizen clients every time in full-time, part-time, or 24/7 care periods.
A senior sitting can be in various settings caring for the elderly in a senior living home care or nursing homes. A senior sitting provides basic supervision and companionship to senior citizens. They are also able to do other activities to clients in their care such as light housekeeping, running errands and other tasks that can be arranged with the caregiver.
What Do Senior Sitter and Elderly Companion Services Include?
- Light housekeeping
- Other household chores such as washing clothing and dishes
- Running errands such as grocery shopping
- Planning and scheduling appointments and social activities
- Transportation to appointments and other activities
- Preparing meals
- Socialization and entertainment
- Communicating with family members and other care team professionals
What are the common concerns of aging people?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) the common concerns of aging people include hearing loss, cataracts and refractive errors, back and neck pain and osteoarthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, depression, and dementia. Furthermore, as people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time.
List of 14 Most Common Concerns of Aging People
- Heart Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Influenza and Pneumonia
- Falling down
- Substance abuse
- Oral Health
How are you going to reap the benefits?
- Receive peace of mind
If you engage the services of a sitter you can have peace of mind because even though you live far away you are rest assured that your elderly loved ones are taken care of.
If you or other family members are busy with other full-time obligations you are ensured that your senior citizen family member has someone to take them to doctor’s appointments or do errands for them like grocery shopping or cooking light meals for them.
- Your loved ones have a companion
Senior citizens who live in nursing homes or by themselves are always at risk for developing depression or feelings of loneliness as they have no one living with them or a regular companion to talk to.
Having a sitter or a companion means they have someone who regularly checks up on them in person and provides comfortable companionship to them. This can mean having someone to play board games or activities such as watching movies or tv. They can have a walking companion, or simply have someone to talk to.
Having a companion who looks out for their well-being can help your loved ones avoid being lonely and becoming depressed as they are less isolated because they have formed a bond or friendship with their sitter.
- Homecare and Supervision
If your elderly loved one has mobility loss and finds it hard to do household chores, a sitter can take care of that for them as they can get necessary food items from the supermarket, pick up a prescription from the pharmacy or even give them a bath which is important in personal hygiene for senior citizens.
The sitter can also give them supervision if they have cognitive decline that comes with dementia or Alzheimer’s as it can be dangerous for them to be by themselves outside without proper supervision.