Companion Care vs. Personal Care: Which One Is Right for You?

March 28, 2023

Are you considering companion care for yourself or a loved one? Perhaps you are curious about personal care services and what the difference between the two is? If so, you’ve come to the right place! At BrightStar Care in Jupiter, Florida, we understand that finding out what kind of outside assistance is beneficial can be confusing. We want to help ensure that our clients receive the best possible care tailored to their specific needs. So many individuals need either companion or personal care, but which type is better for your situation? We created this blog post to answer all your questions about these services, as well as provide advice on choosing which one might be more useful to you. Keep reading and find out how BrightStar Care can make a positive impact on your life today!

A Look at Non-Medical Home Care 

To understand the differences between companion and personal care, let’s first look at non-medical home care services. Non-medical home care includes activities like companionship, light housekeeping, running errands, meal preparation, and transportation. These activities are designed to help seniors or those with disabilities maintain their independence while still receiving the assistance they need in their day-to-day lives. These services are provided by caregivers who have undergone extensive background checks and drug screenings; however, they do not require licensure since they are not providing medical treatment. 

A Look at Companion Care Services 

Companion care focuses primarily on offering social interaction and companionship. This type of service allows seniors or those with disabilities to stay active and engaged in life despite mobility issues or other health limitations. The caregiver will spend time with the individual doing activities that they enjoy such as going on walks, playing cards or board games, reading books together etc., as well as giving emotional support if needed. 

Personal Care Services for Seniors or the Elderly 

Personal care services deliver more intensive hands-on support than companion care does. This type of service requires a caregiver who holds a valid license from the state of Florida since they will be going beyond just providing companionship. This type of care also encompasses activities of daily living (ADLs). Personal care assistance includes bathing/showering assistance, assistance with dressing/grooming/hygiene needs, meal preparation/feeding assistance or dietary monitoring, medication reminders/administration assistance as directed by a physician or other healthcare professional, mobility assistance (transferring), toileting assistance (incontinence), catheter assistance (if needed) and more.

If you or your loved one requires help with day-to-day activities such as these to maintain an independent lifestyle at home, then personal care may be the right choice.  

Partner with BrightStar Care in Florida for Your Loved One’s Unique Needs

At BrightStar Care in Jupiter FL we understand that every individual has unique needs when it comes to choosing the right type of care for themselves or their loved ones. That’s why we are proud to offer both companion care and personal care services so that our customers can select the best option for their specific situation. Whether you need someone who can provide companionship or simply help with everyday tasks like bathing or grooming—we have what you need! Contact us today if you would like more information about our companion and personal care services!