The Importance of Companionship
Companionship is important at all stages of life, but it becomes increasingly significant as we age. Often we suffer from loneliness for a variety of reasons, including the loss of a life partner, living alone, isolation from family/friends or mobility issues, preventing them from getting out and about.
A recent poll revealed almost three quarters of the elderly feel lonely. Retirement, bereavement and feelings of social exclusion can all be risk factors. Sometimes disability or poor health can also contribute to feelings of isolation and loneliness.
Companionship, offered by neighbors, friends, caregivers or community volunteers can make a difference and help to combat loneliness. Having somebody to interact with is the best way to feel connected to society.What is companionship?
The definition of companionship is the feeling of friendship or fellowship – it’s a vital connection with somebody which gives a sense of togetherness. If you have a companion, you enjoy their company and want to spend time with them. Companionship is a basic human need, and when these needs are not fulfilled, it can cause emotional and physical problems.
Companionship is important for establishing a sense of belonging. Without it, people can become lonely and even depressed, which is why society needs to make more of an effort to meet the companionship needs of the elderly.Companionship Services
Compassionate Care Services now offers companionship as a separate service. We recognize the need to give emotional support in addition to physical support. If a loved one already requires home care, then a Compassionate Care Aide naturally provides companionship while carrying out other tasks. If a loved one does not necessarily need help living independently, companion care is always available through Compassionate Care Services.
We understand that companionship is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing.
- Engaging conversation and providing company
- Taking part in hobbies or activities
- Meeting with friends or attending social events
- Intellectual or spiritual study (daily, weekly)
- Assistance with day trips
- Live video calls with family & friends