What Is Companion Care?
Companion care is used to describe the companionship and help with errands and light household chores, typically provided in your home by a paid home companion.
Home companions allow family members or others who might care for you on a regular basis to have needed breaks.
Besides spending time with you, home companions will often:
- Run errands and shop for you
- Drive you to and from doctors’ appointments
- Perform light housekeeping and cleaning
- Prepare or help you to prepare meals
- Give you medication reminders
Companion care is typically for seniors who are healthy and independent enough to stay in their own homes. Home care agencies provide companion care, but companion care can also be provided by relatives, friends, neighbors or others on a paid or volunteer basis. Companion care can also be provided to residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Companion care is different than non-medical home care, which helps seniors who need help with routine tasks that they used to be able to do on their own such as bathing, grooming, mobility, and managing and taking their medicines.
What Is Companion Care Like?
As you age and have a harder time getting out of the house, you may begin to feel isolated and even lonely. A home companion will visit you on a regular basis and spend time with you. They can also help you to get out more by taking you to the grocery store, doctors’ appointments, or to social events.
If you don’t feel like going out, they will usually run errands and take care of your shopping for you. They will also help you with housekeeping, laundry and cooking. It really depends on what you need and want.
Home companions do not provide medical care, although they can do things like remind you to take your medications and help you to do exercises and stay fit.
Is Companion Care Right for Me?
Consider these statements below to determine if they describe you:
- I am still relatively healthy.
- I like having my own living space.
- I like being independent.
- I do not want to leave my home.
- I prefer to live on my own, but do not have a relative or friend who can stay with me all the time.
- I need help getting in and out of the bathtub or taking a bath or shower.
- I need help getting dressed.
- I need assistance with personal grooming.
- I get my medicines mixed up or can’t remember when to take them.
- I can no longer cook or need help preparing meals.
- I can no longer drive or can only drive very short distances.
- I no longer feel safe in my home.
- I feel isolated in my home.
If all or most of the Independence statements apply to you, but not the Daily Living statements, then Companion Care may be a good option for you.
If most or all of the above Independence and Daily Living statements apply to you, and you do not need regular nursing or medical care, then consider these options:
- Non-medical home care if you are able to stay in your home
- Assisted living if you are unable to stay in your home
If most or all of the above Independence and Daily Living statements apply to you, and you also need regular nursing or medical care, then consider these options:
What to Expect from Companion Care?
Home companions will spend time with you and do things with you that you enjoy doing, such as playing games, going for walks, or taking you to family and social events.
Their services may vary, but will typically include:
- Running errands
- Shopping for you or taking you shopping
- Driving you to and from doctors’ appointments
- Light housekeeping and cleaning
- Preparing or helping you to prepare your meals
- Reminding you to take your medication
Home care agencies typically charge for companion care based on an hourly rate. Some also require a minimum number of weekly or monthly hours.
Since companion care is a non-medical service, it is not covered by Medicare. The care is usually paid for by the senior receiving care or by their family. Some long-term care insurance may also cover or partially cover companion care services.
According to Genworth’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey, the National Daily Median cost of in Home Care (also known as Homemaker Services) in the United States is $125 per day.
Introduction to Lynchburg, Virginia and Surrounding Areas
Lynchburg is an independent city (meaning a city not belonging to a county) located in central Virginia, near the cities of Roanoke, Danville, and Charlottesville. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is situated approximately 180 miles southwest of the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Principal highways in the city include U.S. Route 29, 221, 460, and 501.
Incorporated as a town in 1805 and as a city in 1852, Lynchburg got its name from its founder, John Lynch, who was granted a charter in 1786 by the Virginia General Assembly for a town on 45 acres of his own land. The 19th century saw prosperity for Lynchburg, a center of manufacturing and commerce whose principal industry was tobacco. The onset of the 20th century brought a change in Lynchburg's economic base from tobacco to manufacturing. A large number of factories opened, many of which remained cornerstones of the economy for many years, allowing the city to grow and diversify. Colleges, libraries, and housing developments slowly populated the town over the years, to the point where today's Lynchburg is a vibrant community with a strong industrial base and is a regional center for retail and commerce.
Known as the "City of Seven Hills" (College Hill, Garland Hill, Daniel's Hill, Federal Hill, Diamond Hill, White Rock Hill, and Franklin Hill), Lynchburg was frequented often by Thomas Jefferson, who maintained a nearby residence (Poplar Forest). The city is home to several colleges and universities, including Liberty University, established in the 1980s as Liberty Baptist College by televangelist and Lynchburg resident Jerry Falwell.
Lynchburg Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Lynchburg's rich history and unspoiled beauty make it a natural setting for a wealth of historical landmarks, cultural events, and recreational activities. Some of the more prominent are as follows:
- Academy of Fine Arts: Houses both an active studio theatre and an historic theatre undergoing renovation
- Amazement Square, The Rightmire Children's Museum: Four spacious floors of interactive exhibitions, workshops and educational programs
- Anne Spencer House and Garden: Honoring the internationally acclaimed poet who was the only black woman and the only Virginian included in the Norton Anthology of Modern American and British Poetry
- Daura Gallery Museum: More than 1,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints
- Legacy Museum of African-American History: Explores all aspects of local African American history and culture
- Liberty University Theater: Located on Liberty University's main campus
- Lynchburg Museum/Old Court House
- Maier Museum of Art
- Miller Claytor House
- Old City Cemetery
- Sandusky Historic Site & Civil War Museum
- South River Meeting House
- The James River Heritage Trail
Although Virginia does not have a major league sports team, the city of Lynchburg is rich in baseball history. Minor League professional baseball has existed here since 1894, when the Lynchburg Hill Climbers brought baseball to the city. The team, which played in the Virginia League until the league disappeared in 1943, underwent some name changes during that time, becoming the Shoemakers, then the Grays, then the Senators. The team moved to the Piedmont League in 1943 and remained there until 1955 as the Lynchburg Cardinals. After a few more league changes and name changes, the team settled down in 1995 as the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Carolina League, where they remain to this day. The Hillcats are a class High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Introduction to Roanoke, Virginia and Surrounding Areas
Roanoke is situated in the Roanoke Valley, west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city is known as the "Star City of the South" and features the prominent Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain. The Appalachian Trail, the Blue Ridge Parkway and a wine making region are nearby. The Roanoke River runs through the town. The city is a major center for health care and retail businesses for the region.
History or Roanoke
The town was founded in 1852 and was known as Big Lick. The name was selected due to the huge outcropping of salt in the area. Big Lick was chosen as a railroad junction which significantly increased the population and stimulated the economy. In 1884 the town was established as Roanoke. During the Colonial era the city was a prominent location for trails and roads. The Great Wagon Road was one of the busiest roads during the 18th Century and ran through Roanoke.
The Norfolk and Western Railway company produced steam locomotives in Roanoke and employed thousands of workers. The locomotives were manufactured in the city until 1953. Manufacturing companies moved to the city primarily due to the railroad. Regarding land, the city significantly expanded during the middle portion of the 20th Century due to annexation. Roanoke was once a prominent area for the garment industry.
The city is served by the Roanoke Regional Airport. The Valley Metro provides bus transportation.
- The Center in the Square contains the History Museum of Western Virginia, the Science Museum of Western Virginia as well as the Hopkins Planetarium.
- Virginia Museum of Transportation features locomotives which were constructed in the city.
- Grandin Village.
- Mill Mountain Star.
- Texas Tavern.
- Roanoke's Historical Fire Station #1.
- St. Andrews Parish, State and National Landmark.
- Roanoke Historic Farmers Market.
- Hotel Roanoke is a historic building.
- The Jefferson Center is a historic performance center.
- Mabry Mill.
Activities and Entertainment
The surrounding area offers excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Some of the popular locations for activities and entertainment include:
- Appalachian Trail
- Virginia's Explore Park
- Smith Mountain Lake
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Mill Mountain Zoo
- Roanoke Civic Center
- George Washington & Jefferson National Forest
- Commonwealth Games of Virginia
- Mill Mountain Theater
Introduction to Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and Surrounding Areas
"The Big Valley"
The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains. It's been nicknamed "The Big Valley" and immortalized in song, dance, film and television.
The history and heritage of the region includes many sites devoted to the pioneers who traveled westward, settled and farmed - those like the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton and Cyrus McCormick's Farm in Raphine. He invented the first reaper!
During the Civil War this region was nicknamed "The Breadbasket of the Confederacy." In Lexington, visit Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University - where Gen. Robert E. Lee served as president after the war and where the Lee Chapel & Museum is located. See battlefields - New Market Battlefield State Park and Fisher's Hill Battlefield.
Another historical site of the region is the Birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson.
The Shenandoah Valley features picture-perfect postcard farms and inns along country roads and the popular Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the natural wonders of this world is the Natural Bridge. Be sure to visit the region's many caverns, which include Luray, with the only stalacpipe organ, and Shenandoah, with an elevator to take you underground!
If you're interested in the great outdoors, you'll love the hiking trails, paddle sports and horseback riding in the Blue Ridge Mountains, too!
Two popular resorts are in the Shenandoah Valley: Bryce and Massanutten, which offer year-around activities. And don't forget the beautiful Shenandoah National Park with its portion of the Appalachian Trail and two resorts, too!
You'll be singing "Oh, Shenandoah!" when you arrive and experience this magnificent "Big Valley" for yourself.
Lynchburg Public Libraries
Lynchburg Public Library
2315 MEMORIAL AVENUE
Library Web Site
CARILION MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1906 BELLEVIEW AVENUE
Emergency Service: Yes
Shenandoah Valley Public Libraries
Allen County Pl
200 E. BERRY STREET
Fort Wayne, Indiana
(260) 421-1200 - (317) 269-1700
Library Web Site
Shenandoah Valley Hospitals
Shenandoah Memorial Hospital
759 S Main St, Woodstock, VA 22664
Emergency Service: Yes