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Companion Agencies Taking Care Of Nonna

When you’re a medical professional, it’s too easy to think of the patient as something that’s not really human, like a complex web of physical systems that’s interlocking and are mutually dependent, but break individually. But there is a true person there and it’s very important to always remember that. The mere fact that we are outgoing and social creatures are a great part of what makes us truly human and that separates us from our social contexts provides a threat to our health just as much as bacterial infections. That’s the reason why we need agencies that provide in home care.

We've all heard about Nonna. She's the archetypal lonely, depressed senior whose family is either too busy or too far away to come see her. She's bored, and she has no social network. Her health was good, but it's failing -- because if all you do is read and stare out the window, why should your body go through all the work of continuing to exist?

Providing Social Care

Enter the companion agency -- a supplementary health-care organization devoted to providing caretakers that do more than just take care. Companion agencies strive to match seniors with caretakers that share their interests, hobbies, or experiences, so that the caretaker can be a companion in addition to the person who helps them around the house.

Nonna needs a friend, and companion care can give her someone -- whether it's a smaller, community-based agency or a larger corporate system. Every companion care agency gives you the feeling that they're real people -- and if they can make you feel comfortable and cared for, they can do the same for Nonna.

What Can Companions Do?

It depends largely on the agency -- some companions are fully trained nurses, others are more like maids with a bit of first aid training. They will universally be able to monitor eating and drinking, make sure medications are taking, help with light household work, and ensure that Nonna engages in social activities, whether it's with her friends next door or with the caretaker herself.

How To Choose a Companion Agency

Companion agencies are groups that offer social as well as household and minor medical assistance to their clients. In many cases, particularly in rural areas, there may not be an incredible variety in agencies -- but in even moderately suburban locations, the number of places that offer companion care would probably surprise you.

Before you do assign your loved one to a companion care agency, you really need to look into the agency very carefully. This happens in three parts:

Part 1: The Paperwork

Any legitimate companion in home care agency will have all of their basic paperwork in order. That means

A license to do business in the state and city. Insurance for each of their workers, so that if they get hurt while executing their duties, it's covered. Bonding for each of their workers, so that if they harm someone or someone's property in the execution of their duties, it's covered. Certification by one or more notable industry groups such as Wise Companion Care or The Senior's Choice.

If any of their paperwork seems to be off to you then set them aside. There are a whole lot of other choices and you do not want to work with anyone if their most basic business elements are not in in place properly.

Part 2: The Referrals

For every companion agency that has it's paperwork in order, it's time to ask around. Check up on them in person, asking current residents how happy they are, and check up on them online as well, checking Yelp, Angie's List, and similar sites for positive reviews. Don't be surprised to hear something negative -- it's almost impossible to find a companion agency with 100% positive reviews -- just look carefully at what those complaints are for, and be ready to deal with those specific issues if you work with that agency.

Part 3: The Test Run Once you've chosen an agency that seems to have its fundamentals in order and has positive reviews, it's time for a test run. Ask the agency to sign you up for one month of companion care, and if your loved one enjoys it, move forward. If not, choose another local agency and test them out.

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