Age UK says that there are 1.4 million older people in England who are chronically lonely and many more in the rest of the UK. This makes loneliness a big problem that most people in modern society are aware of.
Perhaps you have lost a spouse or companion of a lifetime, which can cause emotions of loneliness and isolation connected with mourning. For many of us, our relatives may reside a considerable distance away, making frequent visits impossible.
Health concerns, mobility challenges, and frailty might make it difficult for us to leave the house alone, heightening feelings of isolation and loss of autonomy. Loneliness in old age may have a big impact on our overall health, happiness, and quality of life.
What is the meaning of companionship care?
Companionship care at home is when a professional carer comes to your home and lives with you to provide around-the-clock care and support so you can live well with as much choice and dignity as possible, in the comfort and familiarity of your own home, surrounded by all the things you love.
Using highly individualised and adaptable companionship care, they will focus on assisting you to live independently, allowing you to continue doing all you used to. For many, the most important thing is companionship—a listening and sympathetic ear, someone to share ideas and feelings with, someone to make us feel comforted or to improve our confidence in how we live our lives, and for others, it is having someone there whenever you need them. Companionship care at home can significantly lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation in older adults.
Companionship care is best provided in the home.
At MCO Healthcare, we have made it possible for those who seek companionship and company to live a fulfilling and purposeful life in the comfort of their own homes. Our elderly companionship care service enables you to live well with the appropriate degree of care and support – all in the location you love most your own home.
A devoted companion may spend significant time getting to know you and how you prefer to live your life, and then provide the one-on-one companionship, care, and support you require to enrich your life. This method is just not possible in even the greatest care facility when caregivers must divide their time among several individuals.
Who Benefits from Companionship Care?
Companionship care may be appropriate for you or a loved one if you are already living independently. Our professional carers can offer you continuous companionship in the comfort of your own home, giving you conversation and someone to enjoy daily activities like dining and watching television with.
Even if you receive regular visits from friends and relatives, you may experience loneliness at various periods of the day. For instance, in the evening or in the morning. Companionship care services in the home ensure that there is always someone present, regardless of the time of day.
The cost of companionship care
When someone wants live-in companionship care at home, the cost of care is often less than the total cost of domiciliary care at home. When getting hourly companionship care from a domiciliary care provider, it is probable that you may be charged additional fees for additional services to support the person’s special care requirements, such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease, in addition to the cost of a carer visiting.
Companionship care at home is often comparable to – and sometimes cheaper than – the cost of residential care, with the added benefit of individualised care and companionship, which cannot be obtained at a care facility. Companionship care at home is less expensive for couples than residential care, where they would be required to pay for two bedrooms and care packages. The cost of a couple’s care is low with live-in care.
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