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Companion Care Services

The Importance of Connection

Regardless of age, health, or where someone lives, companionship is a necessity. The power of connecting with someone can’t be understated. At Griswold Care Pairing, we believe that everyone, especially the elderly and adults dealing with disabilities, should have someone they can bond with, talk to, and rely on for assistance with everyday activities. We refer caregivers who will provide all of the above.

Companion care is one of the most common care options that professional caregivers provide. This type of care can range from sitting, chatting, and reminiscing with someone to accompanying them on visits to see family, friends, doctors or to religious institutions. Just because one is aging or encountering health challenges doesn’t mean that all social activities should end. Companion care will make staying connected easy while giving family the peace of mind knowing that their loved one has someone to count on.

Companionship activities include:

  • Shopping and errands

  • Personal correspondence and memoirs

  • Accompanying to social events and friend visits

  • Gardening, scrapbooking, and other hobbies

  • Medication reminders

  • Home project assistance

  • Maintaining the safety and security of the individual and home

These are just a few of the services that fall under the umbrella of companion care. If your loved one requires companionship services not listed above, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office and speak with a care coordinator.

The Value of Companionship

When many people think of home care services, they often don’t think of companionship. Though caregivers can assist you or your loved one with a wide variety of non-medical needs, the importance of simply being there shouldn’t be underestimated. Every caregiver is matched with a client based on their needs and personalities. It’s important that clients develop a special bond with their caregivers so that they always feel comfortable expressing themselves, sharing their feelings, and asking for assistance when they need it.

About Jean Griswold

Our founder, Jean Griswold, was a care professional who became a visionary entrepreneur when she started the first non-medical home care franchise in the United States while running her own home care business.

Jean started at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Minister and Doctor Lincoln Griswold, informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died through the complications associated with malnutrition and dehydration because she had no support system to care for her. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. She was driven to act.

Jean Griswold was an extraordinary leader. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967 at the age of 36 but continued to work actively in her office until she was 79. She published a book, “Fears of the Elderly” in 2013.

Jean was born in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Douglass College and a master’s degree in personnel and guidance from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctorate from Holy Family University in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 she was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She won numerous awards, including the Spirit of Philadelphia Award, the Working Woman’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year honor, and the 2002 MS National Achievement Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jean passed away on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 86. She was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur, and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Care Pairing today.

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