Companion Caregivers help provide emotional support, caregiver assistance, light housekeeping, and companionship to help senior and elderly adults function independently in their own home environments.
Companion Caregivers help elders perform various housekeeping tasks, meal preparation and companionship activities for clients in their homes.
Companion Caregiver Job Description
Companion Care services are provided to older adults, who are living independently, and need a little support and socialization. Companions keep clients socially active and improve the quality of their lives. Companion Care includes support with light household tasks, running errands and enjoying favorite pastimes.
The team at Connected Home Care works with Companions to make sure all of their clients receive the level of support they need to continue feeling safe, comfortable and connected to their homes and communities. Connected Home Care offers flexible schedules, paid holidays, salary reviews, regular employee recognition, training and other benefits.
Skills and Credentials:
· Sensitivity to the special needs of elderly people
· Attention to detail
· Ability to follow schedules
· High School Diploma
· Massachusetts Drivers License
- A mature person 18 or older
- High school education or equivalent is preferred but not mandatory
- Has an interest in working with elders
- Possess a driver’s license and a reliable car
- Is able to understand and carry out directions and instructions of written care plan, recorded messages and keep records
- Flexible, sensitive to the needs of others, reliable and able to cope with emergencies
Home Care Job Types
What A Companion Caregiver Does
Companion Caregivers help elders with activities, light housekeeping, and running errands so they can continue to live in their homes.
1) Help With In Home Activities
Companions offer their clients support but do not provide hands-on care. Activities include help with:
· Shopping lists
· Playing cards
· Running errands
· Unpacking groceries
· Meal preparation
· Medical appointments
· Medication reminders
By helping their clients with household chores, proper meals, and recreational activities, Companions allow their clients to stay in their homes safely, enjoy friendly company and retain some independence.
2) Light Housekeeping
Another part of providing Companion Care is helping to maintain a clean home. Companions often lend a hand with light housekeeping, including:
· Cleaning the refrigerator
· Organizing clothes closet
· Sorting mail
· Watering plants
· Taking out the trash
Companions help their clients keep track of food and household items. They make sure that any spoiled food is discarded and replaced with fresh, healthy options that comply with special dietary needs.
Many older adults take pride in housekeeping and don’t realize when household tasks become too hard for them to perform. In some cases, Companions can help their clients feel productive and independent by taking on a more demanding task like dusting hard to reach surfaces or folding bed linens and leaving some chores, dusting tables or folding towels, for their clients. In every case, a Companion is helping to create a safe, organized environment for her clients.
3) Run Errands and Medical Appointment Transportation
Many Companions help their clients by driving them to stores and medical appointments. These errands and appointments can include trips to the:
· Grocery Store
· Hardware Store
· Post Office
· Doctor’s Office
· Dentist’s Office
Another important role for Companions is to go with their clients to doctors’ offices. Medical appointments can be stressful for older adults. Having a familiar companion at their side, while they are waiting, when they receive instructions and when they need to schedule their next appointment, is very valuable.
How Connected Home Care Ensures Your Success
At Connected Home Care, all of your clients will have a Case Manager Nurse who supervises their care and keeps a record of their service needs. You will work with Client Care Plans that detail the support clients need. Our plans will also include client background information such as any special sensitivities, their personal preferences, passions, and interests. Case Managers match Companion Caregivers with clients best suited to their skills and shared interests.
Case Managers will also go on the first visit to introduce you to the client and help with the transition. They will ensure you are familiar with the client’s home and their individual needs. Case Managers and Companion Caregivers will continue to work together to assess a client's needs and update Care Plans accordingly.
Care Plans have information about a client’s ability to perform tasks and their personal interests. For example, a Care Plan will list:
· Supports for some or all Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
· Medication schedule
· Dietary needs and meal preferences
· Household tasks
· Emergency information
· Names and phone numbers of doctors
· Hobbies, passions, favorite pastimes
With the support and companionship of their Companion Caregiver, older adults can live in the safety and comfort of their own home longer.
Join Our Team Today!
At Connected Home Care, we offer training and advancement opportunities for all of our employees. Our team helps you learn more, earn more and get ahead. Additionally, we strive to create a supportive environment, with regular employee recognition, social events, coaching and mentoring. If you are interested in making a difference in someone’s life, working for a growing company, and meeting other supportive professionals who care about your career goals, click here to search our job openings!
Companion Caregiver - Elder Care Services
- Transfer assistance, including Hoyer life
- Meal preparation
- Support for all Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
- Local Transportation: Drive to Grocery Store, Activities, Doctor's Appointments
- Assistance with Light Housekeeping: Laundry, Dishes
Massachusetts Service Areas We're Hiring For:
Burlington Office – Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Lexington, Wilmington, Winchester, Woburn
Concord Office – Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Concord, Littleton, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow
Framingham Office – Ashland, Framingham, Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Westborough
Gloucester Office – Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester by the sea, Rockport, Topsfield, Wenham
Malden Office – Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Revere, Stoneham, Wakefield, Winthrop
Peabody Office – Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody, Salem
Waltham Office – Belmont, Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston