A companion is a person who provides companionship and/or assistance to clients in need. Companion responsibilities may include duties such as the preparation, assistance, and clean-up of meals, as well as general housekeeping and organization. These companions may assist the elderly, mentally disabled, or ill patients, observing changes in a client's condition. This includes changes to their their health, overall well-being, and general behavior.
A successful companion should demonstrate a caring, empathetic, compassionate demeanor which will put the client(s) at ease. They must understand that they are there to assist the client with whatever need they may have. A successful companion must be able to work independently, follow written and verbal instructions, and make prudent decisions on behalf of the client’s well being. Excellent customer service skills, verbal and written skills, and a consistently positive, can-do attitude are musts.
A good companion must also be able to pay attention to detail. They must be able to sit for long periods of time, remaining alert and free from non-pertinent distraction. A successful companion puts the client’s needs above all else, while constantly exercising personal restraint and self-control. Successful clients are able to stay calm and understanding even in situations that may be difficult for both the client and the companion. Companions must also be able to interact with others who have relationships with the client, be they family, friends, or other professionals.
Coordinate with agency officials and family members to ensure the best care for the client.
Assist client in performing day to day activities.