Non-medical home care services are often divided into two categories: Companion Care and Personal Care. Both care types provide a similar range of services, but their scope of care is different. Knowing the difference is important in determining what type of care is more appropriate for you or your loved one.
Companion care, as the name suggests, involves companionship. Companions may help with hobbies, play games, and socially engage with clients. But companion care also includes house keeping, meal preparation, driving to appointments/engagements, and running errands. While providing these services, caregivers don’t touch or move the client in any way. Companion care is better suited to people who are mostly independent, but just need a little extra help with household chores. It’s a good choice for loved ones who live alone or are far from their families. Visits from companions help alleviate loneliness and provide a sense of security.
Personal care is similar to companion care, with an exception: personal care is hands-on care. Personal care aides help with bathing, toileting, feeding, and moving around. They also can provide medication reminders, but not actually administer any medication. Personal care is for people who need more support to live at home.
To find out which service is best for your needs, give us a call. We will create a care plan designed just for you.