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Everyone needs a certain amount of companionship in life, and people when they are elderly are no different. After retiring from work maybe having had children who have moved away and sadly may have lost their lifetime partner the senior years can be relatively lonely. If you want a job where you are an important part of an elderly person’s life, consider looking into being a companion. These jobs are less intensive than nursing or caretaking, but still require dedicated and caring people to fill them.
What you would be expected to do.
A companion is someone who has many different responsibilities. The person should be caring, discreet and honest. They should have very good communication skills. The companion should not be afraid to take orders and follow the needs of the person they are looking after. The companion should also be able to handle stress situations. They may just be asked to keep someone company, or take them shopping, make medical appointments. Maybe take them on an outing and visit family or friends.Someone who needs a companion may want help in the home. Housekeeping which would include dusting, vacuuming, changing and making of the beds. Washing and ironing clothes, towels and the bed linen. Other duties may include some cooking or to prepare food to be eaten later or put in the freezer.The client may have visitors and you may be required to offer refreshments.These positions maybe live in full time which is usually 7 night sleep in. Some of the elderly prefer space and are happy to let you go home for one or two nights. Sometimes a family member would like to sleep there. Some people prefer to have someone living out. Maybe on a daily basis, or just a few hours a day.
How you would approach an interview.
Always remember that you must put the client before yourself. In other words start by asking the clients what he or she would like you to do. Answer clearly and not be too long winded or they will get bored. Make sure you speak clearly and not too fast and ensure that the person understands your reply.They will want to know where you have worked before and the details of your job specification. You may be asked why you like to do this work. Why you left your previous positions of employment.If you think that you would like this work it may be advisable to take a First Aid course.