At FirstLight® Home Care, companion care is a big part of what we do. Companion care helps to give the clients we serve emotional support, comfort and conversation, along with practical assistance around the house, so they can live independently. We’re hiring companion caregivers to provide this level of care to our many clients, and we are always on the lookout for strong candidates.
What Do Companion Caregivers Do?
When a family member notices an aging or disabled loved one is missing meals, letting their food expire, having trouble with housework or dealing with loneliness and depression, companion care can help. It includes a range of different non-medical support services.
As a companion caregiver, you may be responsible for performing the following.
Providing Emotional & Social Support
Isolation and loneliness are extremely common among older adults. Concerned families hire companion caregivers to help alleviate some of the issues related to isolation, providing their loved one with someone who can offer companionship, conversation and comfort. This can include anything from simply sitting and chatting to playing games or taking a client out to visit a friend or family member.
Handling Light Housekeeping Tasks
In addition to being a source of friendship and support, companion caregivers also handle light housekeeping chores, such as laundry, dusting, sweeping and washing dishes or cleaning up after meals. This ensures those individuals who have issues with mobility don’t get overwhelmed by housekeeping tasks.
Preparing Nutritious Meals
Another part of your job if hired as a companion caregiver is preparing healthy meals, including meal planning, grocery shopping and meal preparation. It can also include helping a client follow a prescribed diet, such as low-sodium or low-sugar.
If your client has an appointment with their doctor, you might be asked to transport and assist them in navigating their way through the medical office. Companion caregivers can also help with running errands, like going to the post office and picking up prescriptions.
Communicating With Families
In addition to the above responsibilities, another aspect of the job is monitoring your client and notifying their family members if you see any new issues arise related to their well-being or safety. If the individual you’re caring for starts to change their behavior or isn’t eating, for instance, it’s up to you to communicate that to those involved in their care to ensure they’re able to get the medical attention they need.
Over time, you’ll become a friend and confidant who boosts their mood and quality of life. They’ll also have the extra help they need, wherever they call home, so they remain comfortable and safe.
We’re Hiring Companion Caregivers!
FirstLight Home Care is dedicated to hiring the kind of companion caregivers we would trust with our own families. We’re currently searching for compassionate and committed companion caregivers who want to make a difference in the lives of others. For the kinds of people we’re looking for, caring is a calling and a way of life, not just another job.
When we find these exceptional individuals, we take excellent care of them because they are truly the heart and soul of our home care company. Each day, they help us live out our mission of providing top-quality home care services, including companion care, to our many clients who depend on us. This enables those we serve to live life with more independence, joy and comfort.
If you’re interested in getting hired as a companion caregiver with our team, we will provide you with comprehensive paid training. We also have a system for providing feedback and additional learning, so you’ll feel supported and confident when caring for clients.
In addition, we also offer:
- Flexible schedules
- Rewards and recognition programs
- A fun, supportive and safe working environment
- Exceptional support team
When you work at FirstLight Home Care, you’ll have the opportunity to do something that matters. Each day, when you go to work, you’ll be making a positive difference in ways, large and small. You’ll be a partner, a listener, a problem solver, an organizer and so much more. Most importantly, though, you’ll be that person our clients can count on where and when they need help and support.
We’re hiring companion caregivers across many locations. Contact your local FirstLight Home Care today to learn more about our openings and opportunities.