Companion Care

Companion care refers to the care that is given to an elderly or disabled person when they are unable to provide for themselves. Companion care indicates that the person who is hired not only provides basic assistance with daily living activities and medical issues, but also provides a social outlet for the person they visit.

For people who have parents or other elderly family members living at a distance, their loved one’s ability to get out and socialize may be questionable. No one likes to think of their family member living alone and being lonely and unhappy. No one likes the idea that their family member is becoming increasingly isolated.

This can bridge the gap between your family member and the rest of the world. The care provider can engage your loved one in conversation, help them get library books or movies to give them interesting and stimulating activities, or if the situation calls for it, can read them books.

Additionally, care providers also provide care. This means, in most cases, non-specialized care. In other words, the companion can provide basic assistance with bathing, dressing, feeding and cleaning, but generally does not provide assistance with complex medical needs.

However, there are some with the training required to do more complex medical jobs. If this is a concern for you, it is one that is best addressed with the local companion care agencies you are considering.

Make sure you are able to afford this before you jump into it. For many people, some form of companion care is covered by Medicare or insurance. However, that is not true for all people, and some people do not get as much coverage from Medicare as they would like.

By discussing your needs and your budget with the companion care agency you can determine what level of care is appropriate for your family member as well as how much care you are allowed by Medicare and you can discuss the difference, if any, with the agency to see how best to bridge the gap.

This is a way to ensure that your elderly or disabled family member gets the best care available to them as they age. Aging is an inevitable process that gradually strips us of the ability to provide the care for ourselves we need. Engaging a companion care agency can give your loved one the ability to stay in their home for as long as possible, and avoid having to be relocated to a nursing home. Companion care can be a valuable service for your loved ones, and can give you peace of mind knowing someone is taking care of your family member.

Review of A Priairie Home Companion, Robert Altman’s Final Film

When something goes wrong on live radio, Prairie Home Companion, both the radio show performed in the film and the movie itself come alive. It’s like two men fishing placidly in the middle of a calm lake until one gets hold of a mighty rebellious fish and both men jump to instant action. One of the few and far between moments that jump Prairie Home Companion to activity include a duct-tape gag which Garrison Keillor, the voice of the popular variety show both in reality and in this film, and other performers improvise after Molly, the assistant stage manager, who’s usually the only one insisting on maintaining order and decorum, flubs the cue sheets. The three-to-four minute gag thoroughly entertains you as Garrison and the Johnson sisters (played by Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin) cook up wackiest uses for a duct-tape while the sound-effects guy (Tom Keith) gives complementary dog howls, helicopter noise etc until Molly (who’s played by SNL regular Maya Rudolph) finds the right sheet. It doesn’t just end there: Yolanda Johnson (Streep) also manages to convey her dejection towards Garrison’s failed romance with her during the gag.

The problem with Robert Altman’s ‘Prairie home Companion’ is that it stays only marginally memorable; everyone in the film is too comfortable and laid-back, listlessly chattering and bantering with each other and the audience is expected to be all ears for these strangers’ plain talk. Until the duct-tape moment, you begin to grow impatient for there is nothing much to keep you really interested. We learn in the beginning that Guy Noir (Kevin Kline), the radio show’s security director who takes his work too seriously, is in search of a mysterious woman in white (Virginia Madsen) who’s been lurking in the theater. It’s the final day for the esteemed radio show and its regulars which include Johnson sisters and two singing cowboys (played by Woody Harrelson and John C. Reilly) perform for one last time before the theater is demolished to build a parking lot. The mysterious woman in white is revealed to be Asphodel, an angel who visits the show to comfort its people and escort one to afterlife. Another visitor includes a businessman called ‘The Axeman’ (played by Tommy Lee Jones) who’s the one responsible for pulling the plug on the show.

The fate of these people is touching but it never touches you, for these people turn out as nothing more than broad caricatures whose lives are hardly used or explored in the plot. Streep’s Yolanda is a chirpy, twittery, humble, good-natured and caring woman who can sing really well and Streep shows us such a woman during the film but there’s nothing else she can do. Her character has little more to do than to define how such a character talks, moves, acts and sings and watching Streep do so much for a role with minimal character development makes us a little exhausted with her Yolanda. Her sister Rhonda (Tomlin) is less girly and bubbly and while Tomlin doesn’t overdo her performance like Streep, she doesn’t stay memorable both onstage and backstage. Yolanda’s daughter Lola is played by perennially-suffering Lindsey Lohan, whose character likes penning depressing suicide poems but is very much delicate at heart and empathetic towards everybody. Lindsey isn’t distracting until the last scene where she tries (badly) playing a busy workaholic with plenty of things on her mind.

The two cowboys played by Woody Harrelson and John Reilly are the humorously irreverent sidekicks who bring in the laughs with their risqué humor and bad jokes (rather jokes in poor taste), another high point in the film. But again these aren’t two cowboys we’ve been following through the years and so they’re like new-kids-on-the-block for us when they appear in the film. The lack of exposition in Prairie Home Companion makes every character and every situation seem superficial and wispy. Either the film is for fans only (yet many of the characters except Garrison and Guy Noir weren’t part of the radio show either) or the film lacks vitality. Was Asphodel the angel really needed in the film? Or did Altman see her as a greater symbol not just for the film but also for himself? One thing we know is that Altman got all the comfort from her soon after filming. Bad joke, huh?

Homely People Make You Look Good

Having a homely spouse or companion at you side can open up a world of opportunity for you. There is no better way to appear attractive than to be seen in the company of a person that is unpleasant to the eye. In comparison you will shine out like the moon in a dark sky. Your whole world will be changed, when you see how well people treat you. Afterwards where ever you go, you will make sure that your homely person is close by. Because this trick has worked well for many other people who understand the magic of appearance, you also will have become a master of illusion.

Hollywood has often used the tricks of illusion to make their stars appear to be more attractive. A leading star usually has a companion who is either old or is just plain homely. In all his movies Elvis was surrounded with plain looking pals, it helped draw attention to the “king”, and it worked perfectly. The: “I love Lucy show” had an older couple “Fred and Ethel” they were placed in the show to highlight the main stars of the show: “Desi and Lucy”. This balance of attractive and unattractive is a great trick, and if it worked in Hollywood it will work for you.

The greatest sales teams have used a homely partner to draw attention to the star of the show. This method is often used by smart sales people who want to have the advantage of illusion in order to get a sale. The target of the sales presentation is repulsed by the unsightly half of the team and becomes magnetized by the looks and silvery words of the pleasant to the eye partner, the homelier the partner, the more dynamic the speaker. One large insurance company, that has their sales reps make house calls, has hired thousands of homely men to accompany their agents. The rate of sales has doubled since they have applied this illusion. The new profits have easily made up for the cost of the new hirings

Having a homely companion can also be useful in your social life, and it can produce fantastic results. If you are single and you want to go to a social event, make sure you bring your homely friend with you. People will be drawn toward you, and it is a sure bet that you will have a great time. If you are married to a homely spouse you will also create the illusion of being super attractive, since you are not available you might not want all the flirts you will be getting, but if you like the extra attention, be glad you married a homely person.

It might not be ethical using homely people to make yourself look more attractive, homely people have enough problems. But if being attractive is more important than being ethical, that is your choice—–enjoy the advantage.