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Companionship and Private-Duty Aides

You may have an injury that prevents you from standing at a stove long enough to cook a nutritious meal, or perhaps you’ve had surgery and need assistance with bathing and dressing. You may be worried about an elderly parent who’s increasingly frail or forgetful. But your loved one, who may already feel compromised by age or poor health, is reluctant to admit they need help, or may simply resist the idea of a stranger in their home.

"Our home health aide has been a lifesaver in caring for my wife. She’s become a close friend to both of us and makes our independent lives possible."
- William, a family caregiver from Manhattan *
* Names have been added or changed to protect privacy.

Deciding it’s time to bring in help can be a difficult decision. That’s why Partners in Care takes every step to ensure your satisfaction. We do our best to pair you with the right home care professional—a person whose interests, personality, and demeanor are compatible with your loved one’s, and a trusted helper with the specialized training to see to their needs. Your Partners in Care home health aide will treat you or your loved one with respect, ensuring comfort and dignity.

Partners in Care is dedicated to providing a welcoming and bias-free environment to all individuals. Partners in Care is accredited with SAGECare’s Platinum LGBT cultural competency credential to treat every individual with empathy, courtesy, and respect.

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Read our brochure about private care services for LGBTQ+ older adults.

Companion Care

Before you begin receiving care, we’ll ask a lot of questions, such as: What does your loved one like to do? What are their interests? What foods do they like to eat? Is your parent outgoing or more reserved?

Based on what you tell us, we’ll match your loved one with the right home health aide whose daily responsibilities will include one-on-one companionship and doing things like:

  • Going for walks
  • Doing crossword puzzles
  • Creating art
  • Baking
  • Being an attentive listener and encouraging your loved one to talk
  • Watching for behavior changes that signal sadness, confusion, or memory loss

Many of our aides are bilingual or multilingual, and we always do our best to match you with one who can address you in the language you speak most comfortably.

Your aide has the specialized knowledge to help monitor for changes in behavior and in physical health that may indicate additional services or care are warranted.

Personal Care

When you need help with personal care, including bathing and grooming, light housekeeping, and grocery shopping, our home health aides will work closely with you, your loved one, and your medical team to deliver the right care.

Meals and Cooking

Home health aides can ensure your loved one eats a healthy diet that meets specific dietary restrictions or requirements. Aides will do food shopping, prepare meals, and handle kitchen clean-up, and can assist with feeding.

Bathing and Grooming

Illness or injury can turn even the simplest task—like combing your hair—into a difficult chore. Home health aides can assist individuals who are unable to perform tasks of everyday hygiene and personal grooming, including help with bathing, shaving, oral hygiene, and dressing.

Light Housekeeping and Laundry

Keeping up with household tasks can be challenging as health declines. Home health aides can help your loved one maintain a clean and safe environment by assisting with chores related to care, such as making beds, cleaning the bathroom after grooming, and assisting with your loved one’s laundry.

Shopping and Errands

If you or a loved one have trouble walking without assistance or shouldn’t be driving, home health aides can run errands or take care of shopping for you. We can also work to set up store accounts with local retailers so you don’t have to worry about having cash on hand when your aide shops for you.

Appointment Companion

Home health aides can ensure your loved one arrives safely and on time to a destination, and gets back home again. Appointment companions (sometimes called ambulatory escorts) are available for outings such as:

  • Medical and dental appointments
  • Same-day surgical procedure or hospital discharge that requires an escort
  • Social events, such as trips to the theater or weddings and parties

Respite Care

Family caregivers may need time away, either to attend an important event like a wedding or graduation, or simply to recharge. Yet it can be difficult to find the right person to care for your loved one—someone responsible, with the skills and knowledge to care for their medical needs and the sensitivity to treat them with respect and compassion.

Whether you need respite care services for a few hours or for several days, Partners in Care can provide you with the services you need to ensure your loved one’s safety and dignity.


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