Home care agencies offer many different types of services, including personal care and companion care. Many people use these terms interchangeably, but there are significant differences between them. While they’re both types of home care services, one may be more appropriate for a senior than the other based on what you and your loved one need. Let’s take a closer look at each.

What is Personal Care?

As they age, many seniors find it challenging to perform what is called the “Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).” These include:

  • Eating
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Grooming
  • Dressing
  • Continence
  • Transferring (i.e., a bed to a chair)

Personal care is the “hands-on care” that helps a senior with these ADLs, in addition to other assistance, such as medication reminders and assisting with the use of medical equipment like walkers and wheelchairs.

A professional caregiver administers these services in such a manner that lets older adults remain at home with their pride and dignity intact.

What is Companion Care?

Many seniors spend hours and days at a time alone, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. These feelings can eventually manifest themselves in the