An Elderly Companion is an excellent option if you have an elderly relative or couple that would like some company with them in the house. Their primary function is to treat the senior man or woman with respect and be a companion for them. They also have a list of duties and responsibilities, and provide help with housework. Many of our Elderly Companions are nurses or training to be nurses, and all have experience in working with the elderly. This experience is crucial to ensure that the placement works for both parties. If needed, we also offer experienced and vetted Carers, who are more skilled than Elderly Companions.
Why choose an Elderly Companion?
There’s great flexibility. You can choose short-term help (eg after a stay in hospital), or longer-term help as you require. You choose the amount of assistance needed; for example, help with cooking, cleaning, washing, dressing, shopping, looking after your pets etc. Research shows that, by enjoying the comfort of their own home, older people stay healthier and recover more quickly from illness or surgery. The stability and continuity of assistance will help you to enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing.
Building a package for you:
Most families will tailor a package to suit their specific needs. Below is a list of typical duties that would be expected of an Elderly Companion within their working hours:
- Personal care
- Organise outings to church, neighbours and shopping
- Accompanying on hospital or doctor appointments
- Reading to or assisting with reading
- Writing letters, birthday cards etc.
- Assist with clothing selection and personal grooming
- Answering the phone; taking messages
- Assisting with entertaining
- Preparing and serving meals
- Washing, ironing of clothes and bed linen
- Vacuuming, dusting
- Care of household pets
- Grocery shopping
- Putting out the bins
- Assistance going to bed and assistance getting out of bed
What is the rate of pay ?
Our Elderly Companions receive pocket money of €11-€13 per hour depending on hours and the duties of the placement. Carers get a higher hourly rate (€13-€15) as they are more skilled and can deal with specific conditions.
How much is our fee?
Please contact us for more information.