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:
Take Plumbrook Rd, 16 Mile Rd/Metro Parkway and Garfield Rd to Simon Dr
12 min (6.6 mi)
Turn left onto Simon Dr
Destination will be on the right
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Eldercare Support Services LLC
35252 Simon Dr
Clinton Twp, MI 48035
Sterling Heights is a city in Macomb County of the U.S. state of Michigan, and one of Detroit’s core suburbs. As of the 2020 Census, the city had a total population of 134,346. It is the second largest suburb in Metro Detroit, and the fourth largest city in Michigan. Wikipedia
40200 Utica Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Senior Center Hours*
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Office closed daily from 1 – 2 p.m.
Senior Active Life Center Hours
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m
Located east of Dodge Park Road on Utica Road, our Senior Center was built for anyone 50 years of age and older to enjoy. Don’t let the name fool you, we aren’t just for Sterling Heights residents and by no means is it a place to sit and let life pass you by! The Senior Center is a comfortable, welcoming place to learn something new, get your heart pumping, play a game, catch up with old friends and/or meet new friends.
In our Senior Active Life Center, patrons can find fitness and sports programming that cover a wide range of activity and skill levels. The indoor walking track and cardio room are perfect ways to stay moving no matter what Mother Nature throws our way.
The Senior Center is a hub for activities and resources to help patrons age well. It’s a place for programs and events specially designed for people ages 50 and older. Many of our programs and services are free. Other classes and activities have low-cost fees, affordable to most. Our 50+ programming isn’t just located in the Senior Center, so please check out the Fifty Plus Post to learn more. It is published bi-monthly and can be viewed online by clicking Fifty Plus Post in the column on the left. A hard copy can also be picked up at the Senior Center or can be mailed directly to you for a nominal fee. Every effort is made by the staff to offer programs and activities suitable to all. If you don’t see what interests you, let the staff at the Center know. Your input is always appreciated and welcome; we are always looking for ways to enhance and expand programming.
Dining Senior Style is back at the Sterling Heights Senior Center!
Monday – Friday
11:30 a.m. to Noon
(Tickets for meals may be purchased in room 4 of the Senior Center daily from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., or while supplies last.)
The Sterling Heights Senior Center is a Dining Senior Style site and offers lunch every Monday – Friday at 11:30 a.m. Participants over 60 years of age will receive a meal for a suggested donation of $3 per meal ($6.50 for those under the age of 60). Monthly menus are available at the Senior Center or can be found online by clicking here.
This program is brought to the Senior Center thanks to a partnership with the Macomb Community Action – Office of Senior Services.
To find other local Dining Senior Style locations and/or more information on the Dining Senior Style program, click here.
Our Minibus Service is for Sterling Heights residents over the age of 55 who are unable to drive and for residents with disabilities. Service is curb to curb. Riders must be able to get to and from, and on and off the minibus unassisted or have a companion travel with them for assistance. Those requiring a bus with a wheelchair lift must specify when making an appointment.
We offer transportation to medical and shopping appointments, scheduled Parks and Recreation programs at City facilities and City Council meetings. Appointment destinations must be inside the City limits except for medical / dental appointments which must be less than 5 miles beyond City limits.
Bus hours are between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Appointments times are approximate and could vary 15 minutes each way.
Transportation to a work site or school for seniors or people with physical or cognitive impairments, will be accommodated within our hours of operations, Monday – Friday based on availability.
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
To make an appointment, call 586-446-2757.
Please Note: If your appointment goes beyond our transportation hours of 3:30 p.m., you must make your own arrangements for transportation home. Appointments must be set up in advance. No same day service. Appointment space is limited and taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Appointments may be made up to 2 months in advance.
As of the census of 2010, there were 129,699 people, 49,451 households, and 34,515 families living in the city. The population density was 3,552.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,371.6/km2). There were 52,190 housing units at an average density of 1,429.5 per square mile (551.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.1% White, 5.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 6.7% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.
There were 49,451 households, of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.2% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.20.
The median age in the city was 40.4 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.8% were from 25 to 44; 28.6% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
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.