Difference between companion care and personal care?

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As a person ages, their needs change. What the family can offer is often limited in terms of time. You know your loved one can use more help with errands, socializing, and personal care, but wonder what option is best for your companion care. You are not alone. At this point, most people look to two types of professional assistance: personal care and companion care.  

Companion Care

Companion care is non-medical in nature, and provided at home. Seniors with limitations benefit from companion care in terms of everyday tasks. If you were to hire Inspire Home Care for this service it would include things like:

  • Dishes
  • Errands
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Meal preparation
  • Playing cards, discussions (socializing)
  • Social activities
  • Transportation
  • Vacuuming

They also provide valuable information to the family about the individual’s state of mind and concerns. 

The schedule for companion care depends heavily on your loved one’s needs and how much support you can provide. We will work with you to figure out if you should get daily or weekly assistance, or even perhaps have someone live in the residence for 24-7 eyes-on help.

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Personal Care

Personal care is, well, more personal. It attends to things like bathing, toileting, and dressing. Tasks common to personal care include

  • Applying lotions or creams
  • Assisting with durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, etc.)
  • Bathing
  • Catheter bag maintenance
  • Changing continents pads (and clean up)
  • Dressing
  • Med counts
  • Monitoring blood pressure, pulse, and respiration
  • Oral hygiene 

Being a personal care aide means getting to know your patient very well. The aid will typically make notes on things the individual likes and dislikes in order to facilitate a high level of personalization and comfort.

Personal caregivers, like companions, can live in or visit on a schedule during agreed-upon days and hours.  

What’s More Expensive: Companion Care or Personal Care?

In 2018 a survey showed companion care costs about $4,000 a month depending on where you live. The personal care aid is a little higher, $4,200. On a smaller scale, the personal care aide receives about $1.00 more an hour than companion care aides. Bear in mind that various insurance companies including Medicaid cover some, or all, of these services. 

Does your Loved One Need Extra Care?

It is not unusual for people with numerous obligations to seek out home healthcare services like those we provide at Inspire. You want your loved one to be happy and healthy but worry over safety and their ability to do even small tasks without assistance. This is when professional caregivers become invaluable. They offer you peace of mind.

Let Us Help You

Inspire Home care is a full-service agency offering both companion care and personal care in the Philadelphia, PA region. We are happy to answer your questions or discuss possible options with you when you’re ready to take the next step. You can call our office at 215-576-2273, email, or use our online contact form to reach out. 

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