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3 Tips for Finding Elderly Companionship Services

As our loved ones age, their lives become incrementally more lonely. Through death or divorce, many aging parents find themselves alone. Then, the long, slow march of years begins to decimate their list of friends and acquaintances. Some move away. Others simply lose touch. Yet others pass away. The result is that your loved one’s social circle continues to shrink, leading to a very lonely life. It does not have to be that way. Elderly companionship services can help, but you’ll need to choose the right provider. Here are three things to look for when choosing such a company.

List of Activities

One of the first things to consider when comparing elderly companionship services is the range of activities that the caregiver can provide for your loved one. Will the watch TV and have conversations? Will they offer transportation or companionship outside the house? Will they provide assistance with daily living activities, like dressing, bathing, grooming, cleaning the home and the like? Will they help with grocery shopping, or even go shopping on your loved one’s behalf? Will they prepare meals, run errands and remind your loved one about medications?


It is very important that you work with a senior care provider that thoroughly vets their companions. Thorough background checks should be the rule. In addition to investigating their backgrounds, the employer should make sure that caregivers are good fits for the role in terms of personality and character. They should be compassionate, outgoing, patient, able to communicate well, and not easily frustrated.

Check References

Trusting someone to care for your loved one, even if on a companionship basis, is a big decision. You need to make certain that you are making an informed decision. Part of that is asking for references for the senior care provider. Then, you need to do your due diligence and actually contact those references. Where they satisfied with the elderly companionship provided? Did their loved one enjoy the experience? Were there any issues that arose during the time? Would they repeat their experience?


Do You Need Elderly Assistance Services?

Hiring elderly assistance services can be a big help to you and your loved ones. Here are a few things you’ll want to know before you check out home care agencies.

Are you the primary caregiver?

Caring for a loved one can take a toll on you. If you’ve been doing it for a long time now and you’ve started withdrawing from friends and family, you’ve lost interest in activities you previously enjoyed and you’re often irritable or sad, then you could be suffering from caregiver burnout, the WebMD says. That’s often the result of a number of reasons, including taking on too much by yourself. If you haven’t got anyone else to help you care for your senior loved ones, then it might be time to consider elderly assistance services.

Do your parents live alone?

On the other hand, if you live apart from your parents, and you’re starting to see signs that your parents are having a tough time moving around and performing everyday tasks, then hiring the services of a home care agency can be the best solution. Engaging the services of a home care aide can give you peace of mind. You’ll breathe easy, knowing someone is keeping an eye on your senior loved ones. Also, having an aide help around the house, run errands for them, prepare their meals and offer grooming or bathing assistance can take a lot of the pressure off you. You don’t have to feel guilty about not being there because you know you’re doing what you can to ensure they get the best care possible.

How to choose an agency?

Look for a home care agency that’s a good fit for what you and your parents need. Here are a few tips to guide your decision:


As we age, our bodies change. We lose agility and strength. We lose our sense of balance. We lost stamina. It can be difficult to watch a loved one going through this, slowly losing their independence and ability to do for themselves. A home health care service can help, but how do you know when your loved one is ready for a helping hand around the house?

Changes to House Care

One of the first signs that your loved one might be ready for a little help is if there are changes to the way they maintain their home. You might notice that dishes are piling up in the sink and on the counter. You might see that they are not taking out the garbage regularly, or that a once spic-and-span home has not been swept or vacuumed recently.

Changes to Appearance and Grooming

Another good sign that your loved one is in need of compassionate help in the home is an increase in changes to their appearance and a lack of grooming. They might wear the same clothing repeatedly, or you might notice mounds of unwashed laundry. They might let themselves go as far as personal grooming is concerned.

Forgetting Medications

Yet another sign that your loved one is not as independent as they once were is consistently missed medication doses. Everyone misses a dose of medication from time to time, but if your loved one is consistently missing doses (or taking too much medication), it’s a sign they need help.


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European Best Care can assist with either full-time care or respite for special needs patients. Caring for a loved one with special needs, whether it be from injury or disease, is proven to be overwhelming for inexperienced family members. We are committed to meeting the needs of individuals with conditions that inhibit their day-to-day lives. Our elder care caregivers are trained to accommodate many special physical needs and mental illnesses with the utmost levels of empathy, understanding, and professionalism. We will work one on one with family members of the patient to assess their unique needs and craft a custom care plan accordingly. Once the right caregiver for the job is chosen, they will come as much or as little as needed to offer their companionship, assistance, and emotional support. Our caregivers will aid with daily tasks like eating, bathing, and running errands. Senior adults with special needs can feel a greater sense of independence with our in-home caregiving services. For anyone who can no longer care for themselves adequately due to a physical or mental disability, we are here to ensure they remain safe and cared for in their homes.

Our Special Needs Care Services Include:

  • Companionship (games, watch TV, talk, read)
  • Monitor diet and food intake
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Meal prep
  • Feeding (if required)
  • Accompany to Church or another place of worship
  • Plan outings (short walks, parks)
  • Medication reminders
  • Personal hygiene (oral care, bathing, grooming)
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Light housekeeping

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Companion Care

The level of companion care we offer changes based on the seniors and their unique needs. Our non-medical services are administered in the home of the senior and involve both social and physical care for the elderly. The primary goals of companion care services are to provide exceptional emotional support, improve the well-being and quality of life for the senior, and drastically reduce feelings of loneliness. We hand select each caregiver that we believe will be a fitting match. They will provide a warm, comforting, and uplifting environment in the home of the senior to help lift some of the burdens of inevitable aging challenges they may be facing. Companion care helps support independence for seniors so they can stay in their homes for longer. Human companionship is a basic need we all require, seniors who may live alone or be isolated from others will especially benefit from regular human contact. The level of care and frequency of our visits are entirely customizable based on the needs and wishes of the senior. If a senior is experiencing early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s, companion care with enough mental stimulation can help drastically delay the devastating effects of these diseases.

Companion care services include:

  • Medication reminders
  • Light housekeeping tasks
  • Light physical activity (walks in the park, neighborhood)
  • Encouraging social activities. Including shopping trips, movies, family visits
  • General shopping (groceries, household items, medications)
  • Help with bathing, grooming, and dressing
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