What is Companion Care?

For the spouse or an adult child of an aging senior, facing the changes associated with their aging can be difficult. If you are beginning research in home care for seniors, you may come across the term “companion care” and have questions about what that includes.

At Help at Home, our home care services provide a wide range of interactions with our elderly clients. Typically, companion care refers to non-medical care that is related to homemaking services or social engagements instead of hands-on care related to medications or the activities of daily living.

Depending on the client’s need, companion care services might include light housekeeping, laundry, meal preparation, grocery shopping, limited personal grooming (things like brushing hair or polishing fingernails, but not to include help with toileting or showering); companionship through cards or games, reminiscing, or watching TV; or accompanying them to doctor’s appointments or events.

Companionship care may be provided occasionally or as needed, such as giving relief to a family member who is the primary caregiver, or on a consistent schedule, such as sitting with a patient in a long term care facility or hospital.

There are no set packages or levels in companion care services. Together with the client and his or her family, we set up a plan for the care that is needed. That’s why our at-home assessment is important, so that we understand the care needed and also the senior’s personality so that we best match a caregiver.

If you have questions about companion care services, or would like to schedule a no-cost at-home consultation for home care services, please contact Help at Home at 941-388-3117. We serve Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties, serving Florida seniors and their families.

Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN

Administrator at Help at Home Homecare
Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN has over 30 years of experience in health care administration, with 26 years dedicated to clinical and financial oversight of various home health organizations, including Medicare, hospice and private operations. After beginning her home health career with private home health care in Sarasota, Joyce served as Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site, multi-state, Medicare and Private home health organization in regions of the US. She then became Vice President of Clinical Operations of one of the country’s largest hospice operations located in the Tampa area. Prior to leading Help At Home’s private initiative, Joyce initiated multi-site start-up home care operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and licensure, with a strong focus on customer service. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer with concentration on quality improvement of a large Florida based Medicare multi-site organization.

Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. There, she a assumed a faculty and administrative role and later received Hospice Administrator Certification. Her educational background, years of broad-based home care leadership with emphasis on continual improvement and customer service qualifies her to lead Help At Home Homecare in becoming an exceptional provider of private home care services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Joyce lives in Sarasota with her husband, has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.

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