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The advantages of companionship care-focused home care services

22 February 2024

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Written byEd Gill

The advantages of companionship care-focused home care services

Most people prefer to remain in the comfort of their own homes as they age, rather than selling their lifelong home and moving into a care home. With home care services now becoming increasingly accessible, staying at home as your loved one’s needs develop is more than feasible from hourly visits during the day through to 24-hour live in care.
However, before personal care and more involved support is required, companionship-based home care emerges as a valuable solution to provide some emotional support, reduce isolation and loneliness, and also offer some respite for relatives.

Emotional support and companionship

One of the primary advantages of companionship-orientated home care is the emotional support and companionship it provides. Loneliness and isolation are common issues among older people, particularly those who live alone or have limited social interactions. Having a Care Professional to engage in conversation, share activities, and provide emotional support can significantly improve mental well-being and reduce feelings of loneliness and depression.

Enhanced quality of life

By promoting social interaction, engagement, and meaningful activities, companionship care based home care contributes to a higher quality of life for older adults. Whether it’s enjoying a leisurely stroll in the park, playing games, or simply sharing stories and memories, these interactions bring joy and fulfilment to older people’s lives. Additionally, having assistance with daily tasks allows older adults to focus on activities they enjoy, leading to a more fulfilling and satisfying lifestyle.

Safety and security

For older people who may be at risk of falls or accidents, having a companion present provides an added layer of safety and security. Care Professionals can assist with mobility, ensure that the home environment is free from hazards, and provide immediate assistance in case of emergencies. This sense of security allows older people and their families to have peace of mind knowing that help is always available when needed.

Family support and peace of mind

Companionship-based home care not only benefits older adults but also provides support and peace of mind for their families. Knowing that their loved ones are receiving personalised care and companionship allows family members to focus on their own responsibilities and commitments without worrying about the well-being of their ageing relatives. Regular communication and updates from Care Professionals also help families stay informed and involved in their loved one’s care.

Delayed need for additional support

By providing comprehensive support and assistance in the comfort of home, companionship-based care can help older adults delay additional home care such as personal care or medication support, or even avoid the need for nursing homes or assisted living facilities altogether. This allows older people to maintain their independence and autonomy for as long as possible, preserving their sense of identity and freedom.

In conclusion, companionship-based home care offers a range of benefits, ranging from emotional support and companionship to personalised assistance with daily tasks and activities. By promoting social interaction, enhancing quality of life, ensuring safety and security, and providing peace of mind for families, this approach to care enables older people to age in place with dignity and grace. As we continue to prioritise the well-being of our ageing population, companionship-based home care stands out as a valuable and compassionate solution.

Get in touch with Radfield Home Care York, Thirsk & Ryedale

As York’s only home care service rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Radfield Home Care York, Thirsk & Ryedale provides a range of care and support from occasional companionship visits, to daily personal care support, through to 24-hour live in care.

You can get in touch with our Client Services Coordinator, Zoe who can talk you through all the options and signpost you to additional service by phoning 01904 530 118, emailing [email protected] or filling in our contact form here.


Ed Gill

Ed Gill

Owner & Director

Ed has many years experience supporting home care businesses throughout the country to develop services that provide the highest standards of support for clients and Care Professionals.

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