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Companion Care

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Companion care is a form of home care offering non-medical services to older adults or people with disabilities. Companion care differs from personal care in that personal care aides (also known as home health aides) may provide the same services as companion care but also help with tasks such as bathing, dressing, and medication management, depending on specific state regulations. The goal of companion care is primarily emotional support and socialization, although companions may help older adults with a variety of tasks including

Typical Task:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Other household chores
  • Running errands such as grocery shopping
  • Planning and scheduling appointments
  • Transportation to appointments
  • Preparing meals
  • Socialization and entertainment
  • Communicating with family members
  • Personal care


    Personal care refers to the support of personal and private hygiene and toileting, along with dressing and maintaining your personal appearance. Personal care for the elderly can cover, but is not limited to:

    Typical Task:

  • Bathing and showering, including bed-baths
  • Applying lotions and creams as required

  • Dressing and getting ready for bed
    Oral hygiene
  • Applying make-up, and hair care
  • Support with shaving

  • Foot care, especially if you are diabetic need to be extra vigilant with your feet
  • Helping you to the toilet, including using a commode or bed pan
  • Changing continence pads, along with cleaning intimate areas
  • Support moving position in bed, to stretch and prevent bed sores

  • Changing or maintaining a stoma or catheter bag, or other form of clinical intervention
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