Elderly care has been featuring in the news quite a lot recently. In most cases it’s been for the wrong reasons, as revelations emerge about mistreatment and neglect of elderly residents in care homes.
As a result of all this negative press, and of course the extremely high costs, it’s not surprising that live in home care and home companionship is now becoming a more popular alternative to residential care, for the more able-bodied and independent elderly person.
This has given rise to a previously uncommon position – the live in elderly carer/companion. Au pairs who act in an elderly companion role work in a strictly non-professional capacity – that is they wouldn’t be considered suitable for tasks that are sometimes performed by professional carers such as bathing.
Typically an au pair who works as an elderly companion will be responsible for the likes of light house work, medication reminders, transportation and visits, shopping and errands and, of course, companionship.