Older adults are more likely than young adults to live alone. While many are happy and content with the situation, some are not. Homebound seniors, including those who need a little assistance to leave home, may suffer from loneliness and isolation.
Besides the mental health issues it can create, isolation can lead to other serious medical conditions. In fact, loneliness is now considered to be a health risk for seniors.
Loneliness as a Health Risk for Seniors
Research shows isolated and lonely older adults are at a high risk for multiple health issues:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Finding ways to help older adults avoid these risks is important. When adult children and family members work or live far away, finding time to visit often can be challenging. This is when a companion caregiver can make a difference.
If you are a compassionate adult looking for a new career or a change in career, companion caregiver jobs are worth exploring. They provide career opportunities that are meaningful to both the client and the caregiver.
Duties of a Companion Caregiver
If you review a companion caregiver job description, it’s obvious that the role focuses on helping clients live more meaningful lives. The rising number of clients who are unable to leave home on their own make companion caregiving jobs very much in demand. As our population continues to grow older, this demand will continue to increase.
Companion caregivers, sometimes referred to as homemaker companions, often spend their days engaged in various activities:
- Driving the senior to social activities in their community, such as religious services, lunch with friends, or shopping at the local mall.
- Engaging in arts and craft projects at home, like scrapbooking or paint-by-number kits.
- Assisting with menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparations.
- Reading to or watching television with the senior.
- Running errands or taking the senior to and from appointments.
- Providing medication reminders or prompts at dosage time.
- Helping the senior get ready for an important family event, such as a wedding, birthday party, or grandchild’s graduation ceremony.
A family might also employ a companion caregiver during overnight hours to ensure their safety and security. They can be in the home to assist the senior in getting ready for bed or help them to the bathroom during the night. If 24/7 assistance is needed, a family might investigate options for a live-in companion caregiver.
Career Opportunities at Griswold Home Care
If you are looking for a career that will allow you to be a friend and advocate for an older adult, we encourage you to consider Griswold Home Care. Visit our Career and Job Opportunities site to review job descriptions, learn about the hiring process, and explore open opportunities near you.