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Companion sitters work for sick or elderly clients who need constant care. They provide many services, such as cleaning and meal preparation, that the client can no longer perform herself. Companion sitters cost less to hire than certified nurses, because they do not have the same medical training and cannot perform medical tasks. While companion sitters usually earn wages compatible with minimum wage, many clients will pay sitters substantially more money if they like their services.
Companion sitters must supervise elderly or sick patients carefully. They must call medical services in case of emergencies and notify doctors or family members in case of a change in medical condition.
Companion sitters are often in charge of their clients' meals. This may include shopping for food, preparing meals and serving them. Some clients may also require that companions assist with the feeding process. They must make sure to prepare food according to any special dietary needs.
Companions also perform general errands, such as picking up clothing from the dry cleaners or paying bills. They may also make appointments and sort through the client's mail.
While companion sitters work most of the time inside clients' homes, they also accompany clients outside their homes. For example, they may escort them to doctor visits, clothes shopping or to social activities.
Companion sitters may perform light housework such as laundry, washing dishes, vacuuming, taking out the trash and changing linens. While they may not need to keep the house spotless, they must make sure that the environment is safe and comfortable for their clients.
As their name implies, companion sitters must provide "companionship." They must talk with their clients and keep them company. They often play simple games such as bingo or cards. Some companion sitters also prepare easy craft projects with their clients.
Addie Kaye has been writing professionally since 1995, with work that includes writing business plans, technical documentation and articles for eHow. Kaye has certification in computers and in alternative medicine from a California institute.