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When talking about in home care, the first services that likely spring to mind are typically going to surround areas such as domestic assistance or general health. While these are important and a big part of what we do here at Bannister, there is another element of care that is equally as important – companionship. 

Avoiding isolation and remaining socially active can be a challenge for elders, especially if they're dealing with limited mobility or any other reduction in general functionality. Despite this, it's absolutely critical for seniors to retain social relationships with the world around them, and that's where dedicated companion carers can be of such great help. In this article, we'll run through five different ways that a dedicated companion can improve an elder's quality of life. 

Rearranging the photo albums is a great way to bond with an elder, and it's also a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

1. Facilitating activities

Filling the days can be tricky for some seniors, especially if they live alone, but we're all entitled to have a bit of fun! A companion carer can arrive at a time that suits and help with whatever it is that a senior wants to do. For example, rearranging the photo albums is a great way to bond with an elder, and it's also a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

2. Outings and transport

As we grow older and lose some of our mobility, it can be a real challenge to get out of the house and engage in the same sort of activities that we are used to. Even something as simple as heading down to the supermarket can be daunting without a helping hand. Typically this is where domestic assistance can be of service, but a companion carer can go even further by actually coming along to activities as a participant. Whether that's a weekly bridge game or a walk through the park, everything is better with company. 

Companion carers can introduce elders to exciting new technology. Companion carers can introduce elders to exciting new technology.

3. Education

One of the best things about growing older is that the free time provides a great opportunity to learn. A companion carer can help with this, especially when it comes to some of the more challenging subjects such as using modern technology. It's well worth the effort, with products like iPads providing seniors with a great way to keep in touch with friends and family as well as easily interact with the modern world. 

Pets provide a perfect opportunity for elders to really bond with another personality if they're living alone.

4. Helping with a pet

While companionship care services are a great addition to any elder's routine, the best friends for a senior may be the ones that can be around 24/7 for a pat. Pets provide a perfect opportunity for elders to really bond with another personality if they're living alone. There can still be challenges, though, with feeding and walking essential requirements for the wellbeing of most animals. Fortunately, these activities are also great for human health, so heading out for a walk with your pet and an extra pair of helping hands from a carer provides the best of both worlds. 

5. Conversation

We've saved the most important for last. Here at Bannister In Home Care, we believe firmly in the importance of independence at home, but we also understand that this can sometimes get a bit lonely. Even if it's just a quick chat over a cup of tea a few times a week, having a person around to bounce ideas off and discuss any issues with can be a critical tool for remaining happy and healthy at home. 

And there you have it. Five great reasons to consider a companion care service. To find out more, contact Bannister today