Are you or a loved one starting to need a little extra help, but you aren’t ready for an assisted living facility or nursing home? If so, elderly companion care may be an excellent option. Companion care services for seniors are an increasingly popular way to help older adults stay in their own homes.
If this is your first time looking into home companion care, you may have many questions. What does companion care mean? How much does companion care cost? What are companion duties?
Companion care is a type of home care that provides non-medical services for senior citizens or adults with disabilities. Older adults often struggle with things like loneliness, housekeeping, and getting to appointments. Companion care helps handle some of these things to keep people in their homes longer.
Companion duties will vary depending on the needs of the client, but they may include:
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Shelby Charter Township, officially the Charter Township of Shelby, is a charter township and census-designated place located in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The township, a northern suburb of Detroit, is located roughly 15 miles north of the city. The 2020 Census places the population at 79,408.Wikipedia
The Shelby Township Senior Center has a wide variety of activities for adults age 50 and older in order to help keep our residents mentally, physically and socially healthy.
You must register as a member of the Shelby Township Senior Center every year to participate in our events and activities. The cost is $5 for residents of Shelby Township and Utica or $10 for non-residents. Membership is required for all programs.
Our services include transportation, a free community loan closet for medical equipment, mental stimulation with puzzles and brain teasers, physical activity and organizations to promote socialization. All of these serve to benefit the lives of our residents.
The senior center is now registering for 2022. Members must register annually for the Shelby Township Senior Center to participate in events and activities. The cost is $5 for Shelby Township and Utica residents or $10 for nonresidents.
You can register by visiting the senior center front desk located in the Shelby Township Activities Center at 14975 21 Mile Road.
Programs put on the Parks and Rec department after 5 p.m. typically do not require senior center membership.
Macomb County Meals on Wheels serves meals at the senior center with a limited number of meals available in the building. The staff serves meals on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:15 a.m.
To receive Meals on Wheels at your home, contact Macomb County at 586-469-5228.
The senior center bus will take you for medical appointments anywhere between 18 Mile and 27 Mile roads and Romeo Plank and Livernois roads. We also transport for non-medical appointments within Shelby Township. Bus tickets are 50 cents each way. Call the senior center for more information at 586-739-7540.
Companion care offers a wide variety of benefits. As the name implies, the best benefit is companionship. It’s more important than you might think. Humans are social creatures, and seniors tend to be isolated and lonely, which can impact their mental health.
In one study, Lijun Liu, Zhenggang Gou, and Junnan Zuo concluded that:
Minimizing or preventing loneliness and depression are some of the best benefits of companion care, but they aren’t the only ones. Other benefits of companion care include:
Home care companion services allow people to stay in their homes longer by handling light housekeeping tasks, running errands, providing transportation, and offering companionship. The companion typically comes to the home on a set schedule, whether that’s a few hours a week or every day.
No, Medicare does not cover companion care if it is the only care you need (1). Medicare only covers home health care if:
However, some Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans may cover in-home care services. You should review the details of your supplemental insurance to see whether companion care is included.
Is your loved one experiencing reduced mobility or cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s or dementia? Do they seem to be lonely or struggle to keep up with things like housekeeping? Are you worried about them being alone all day long? Are you unable to spend as much time with your loved one as you would like?
There are many reasons your loved one may need companion care. Whatever the reason, companion care is often the first step toward providing assistance to your loved one while they get to stay at home and avoid the disruption of moving to an assisted living facility or nursing home.
If you’re searching for the right companion care provider, let us help you. We know how important it is to find the right match for your needs. Contact us today to learn more about our companion care services.