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Companions Provide Solutions

By Janet Trakin, Staff Writer

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So how does one go about finding a companion for his or her loved one? There are community services and religious organizations that offer services. Oftentimes, the family can look for services on the Internet or through periodicals. Ms. Kislik volunteered with the Jewish Family Services, for example. “Churches and services for the elderly all provide links and phone numbers to arrange for companions. Some are volunteers and some are paid,” she explained.
 
There are rewards and things to be learned from being a companion as well as the support they provide to family members who live far away—not to mention the joy it brings to the loved one. “It really becomes like a grandmother/grandchild, mother/daughter relationship. It becomes a very personal relationship,” Ms. Kislik said. “People treat older people as if they are incompetent, can’t hear or can’t see or they make assumptions about old people. The most important thing to remember is the elderly are people just like me and you. They have minds and needs and all of these things. My rewards are mostly personal. I happen to like people very much. I especially like older people. It’s a self-rewarding thing. You feel good because you know what you do is important.”
 
If you are in need of a companion for your loved one, contact Jewish Family Services or your local religious or community service organization.

 

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