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what are the duties of one who workd as a companion to an elderly

User in Bronx, NY
Sept. 28, 2017
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Being a caregiver for 20 yrs, the elderly love to talk about their lives. They love to be pampered. Not rushed! You cook, clean, Dr visits, family outings. I've been told by many "that I'm truly a angel sent from above" alot of our elderly no longer have family's or the ones they do have don't bother to come around. As a caregiver u become a part of the family. Every night I'm thanked for caring and being there for them . it's the greatest feeling in the world!!!

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Companionship to me for the elderly is lots and lots of conversation! I find out what they like to do whether its going for a walk, gardening and flowers, reading, picnic and parks, or whatever they feel up to doing that day. I realize they have good days and bad days, and we could decide for that day what he/she feels up to doing. I believe in keeping their hands and mind busy and reminiscing about their past is my favorite! Looking through old photos and Bingo used to be a big hit at the nursing home. A lot of smiles, hugs, and laughs is the best! Sharing a meal together is a good thing for both, and even an ice cream for dessert. ; ) If he/she likes to shop, or see an old flick from back in their day, or another one of my favorites is finding out what kind of music he/she likes, and listen to it. I think music is great therapy, along with exercise, and keeping them smiling and enjoying life! I could go on, but better hush! HAHA. :)

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User in Bunnell, FL
May 18, 2015

A companion can assist the client with getting up, getting dressed, feeding, being a friend, sitting alistening to them. Helping them to the bathroom. Paying attention to them and not to your cell phone. Reading a book to them. Being all about them in the time you are there with them.

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Something that no one has addressed, and that you may run into, is a client who suffers from Lewy Body Syndrome. This disease does mimic Alzheimers and the client will suffer from Dementia. However the challenges are a bit different in that it seems younger people, in their 60's, will suffer from this disease. The worst part of this disease is it's rapid progression, and it does effect verbal skills. I have just finished with a client who suffered from this disease and her verbal skills were just like a 2 years old. A lot of babbling, and just a bunch of words. Her family member would talk about her issues as if she weren't there, and tell me that I didn't have to speak to her she doesn't know what she is talking about. I would carry on a conversation with her for hours on end, if she smiled I smiled, if she frowned so did I. I never let on that I didn't understand a word she said. I was the only person who spoke to her. But I knew she was in there, and she was as tough as nails. On my last day I walked over after getting my belongings to say goodbye, she wouldn't turn around, so I turned her around and for the first time she had 2 tears running down her face. Of course I left sobbing, but I knew that for the time we were together I made a difference in her life. Unfortunately her family members were not honest people and made it known she was a thorn in their side. You have to be a certain kind of person to deal with all that goes on in a family, and still give your client all the attention that they deserve. It may be outings, or it may be just talking to someone and never let them feel that they are a burden, they have family for that!

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User in Inkster, MI
May 18, 2015

Being Reliable, On Time for work, Bathing, dressing, grooming, cleaning bathroom, light housekeeping dusting vacuuming , Make bed, and change linen as needed, prepare meals, laundry, folding clothes and ironing if needed, take out garbage, familiar with garbage days, run errands- shopping - appointments, engage physical exercise, and activities, companionship, Provide medication reminders, Record daily care notes to family, and any significant changes in health.

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It can vary from client to client. Always be reliable, punctual, and respectful. Some seniors just want someone to hang out with them because they are lonely. Some will require physical assistance with mobility, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, walking their dog etc. Everyone wants to have their dignity respected, especially as they age or if they are ill.With senior care in particular, maintaining safety and respecting their dignity at all times is a necessary function of your job. Make sure that you are clear with the expectations of each client during the interview and hiring process and that you maintain open communication throughout your employment. Always keep in mind that there is something to be learned from everyone, especially our elders who possess wisdom and knowledge that only be acquired over time. Enjoy your time with the seniors that you work with, each has a unique history that make them the people they are today.

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May 19, 2015

Providing care with dignity and respect. Be mindful of the emotional component of having to need and ask for the help on things they once could do for themselves. Be specially compassionate about their needs as it different with each person.

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Help elderly with care , smiles and support.

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performing all ADL'S i.e. bathing dressing toileting functional safe transfers; housekeeping & meal prep if required

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User in Conover, NC
May 19, 2015

As a companion for the elderly for 5 years I cook, clean, help with baths or showers, run errands take them to dr appointments, and talk to them, listen to them. I spoil the ones I take care of.

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Darlene in Hemet, CA
June 26, 2017

get her dressed, comb hair or whatever she need, make breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack. talk with her ,watch her walk if she did walk, watch her TV programs, give medicine to her if needed, put lotion on, do her finger nails and toes paint them if she wanted, do her shopping, tidy up her house, do dished, water plants, feed the dog if she has one.

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HI MY NAME IS FREDERICK MANUEL FOR ME YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY KNOW THEY ARE SAFE AND FEEL SAFE YOU ALSO WANNA MAKE SURE THERE CLEAN AND COMFORTABLE YOU WANNA MAKE SURE THERE HYDRATED AND PROPERLY NOURISHED YOU WANNA MAKE SURE THERE AS ACTIVE AS POSSIBLE BUT REMEMBER TO GO AT THERE PACE AND BE VERY ENCOURAGING AS LONG AS THERE ARE NO LIMITATIONS YOU WANNA MAKE SURE THERE IN A CLEAN CLUTTR FREE ENVIORMENT YOU WANNA REMIND THEM TO TAKE THERE MEDS BUT MY BIGGEST OF ALL YOU WANNA ALWAYS LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE LOVED AND COMMUNICATION AND PATIENCE IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WITH ANYTHING EVERYONE DOES NOT DO ALL OF THE ABOVE THIS IS JUST THE ROLE I PLAY AS A HOME HEALTH AIDE AND THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I KEEP UP FRONT WHEN IM WITH A PATIENT I HOPE THIS HELP YOU GET UNDERSTANDING WITH WHAT ARE SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT COMES WITH BEING A HOME HEALTH AIDE .....

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User in Lakeland, LA
April 25, 2017

Fix meals, light house keeping, bathing, grocery shopping

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User in Swansea, MA
March 9, 2017

personal-care

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An elderly companion has less training than an aide. A companion prepares meals, does light housekeeping and offers companionship. They can also do laundry, grocery shopping and drive the older adult on errands .Personal home care is best for those that need non-medical help with some or many aspects of daily living.Most of all a companion caregiver should be a friend and listening to them talk ,as many of them like to talk about there lives.

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ilove being with the elder i have been quick a few in my 25 years the only reason i have not been with any in the pass eight years is i have been working at walmart

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