Companion Care in Chattanooga, TN
Social interaction and companionship are at the heart of human nature. It is a significant part of our evolution and essential for us to thrive. As we approach our senior years, we may find that companionship becomes less frequent and harder to find, and the feeling of loneliness can take a toll on our mental and physical wellbeing.
Companion care is an excellent way to reintroduce meaningful social interaction focusing on improving physical and mental wellbeing to boost the quality of life for seniors. There may be times when assistance alleviates the effort of certain daily or weekly physical tasks while also offering valuable in-person conversations. At Amara Home Care, Inc., we provide companion care services to seniors throughout greater Chattanooga. Please contact us at 423-756-2411 for a free home care assessment.
What Services Are Covered?
Contrary to personal care, when a caregiver administers companion care they not allow to touch the patient. Thus, any medical services, or even basic lifting and transferring, would not qualify. However, many basic activities of daily living are included, benefiting the senior. Below is a list of services covered by companion care:
- Transportation to errands and appointments
- Playing board games
- Planning, preparing and cleaning up meals
- Light housekeeping and household chores
- Grocery shopping
- Assistance with pet care
The Impact of Social Isolation Among The Elderly
There is a direct link between in-person connections and mental wellbeing that plays a significant role in our population. As we age, though, our physical circumstances evolve to a possibility of living alone, coping with the death of friends or family members, having chronic illnesses, or gradual sensory impairment – all affecting our social interactions.
Social isolation in seniors is a serious public health matter not given much attention. According to the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), approximately 24% of Americans aged 65 and older are considered socially isolated, while 35 percent of adults over the age of 45 and 43 percent of adults aged 60 and older report feeling lonely.
Understanding the complexity of social isolation in seniors is challenging and difficult to measure directly. However, according to recent data, a lack of quality social relationships due to social isolation and loneliness in senior adults may significantly impact physical and mental health, leading to:
- Increased risk of premature mortality from all causes.
- Increased risk by 50% of developing dementia.
- In heart failure patients – nearly four times increased risk of death, 68 percent increased risk of hospitalization, and 57 percent increased risk of emergency department visits.
- Twenty-nine percent increased risk of incident coronary heart disease and a 32 percent increased risk of stroke.
- Increased risk of a fall-related injury.
When is it Time for Companion Care?
Does your elderly loved one need assistance with chores around the house? Perhaps they have finally relinquished their car keys and need a ride to doctor’s appointments and errands. You may consider companion care should your elderly loved ones prefer the comfort of their home instead of being looked after at a senior living community.
We at Amara Care provide compassionate and thorough home care to seniors in the greater Chattanooga area. We would be happy to schedule a free in-home care assessment to meet you or your loved ones, discuss our companionship care services, 24-hour care services, respite care services, and answer any questions you may have in the process.
Contact us at (423) 756-2411 to schedule your visit. We look forward to meeting you in person!