A: Personal Companions provide a supportive and structuring role for patients who need attention and monitoring while they are focused on maintaining their current level of functioning. At times a patient may need a Personal Companion to come to their house during the daytime for a few hours to help them structure their daily activities such as preparing lunch or doing laundry. Or, a patient may need a Personal Companion to take them shopping, to a restaurant, or go with them to a movie or sporting event.

Life Coaches play a more active role than Personal Companions in that they are providing an instructional or active guiding role with the patient. Life Coaches will work with the treatment team and the patient and his or her family to identify specific independent living skills that the patient needs to acquire. These skills may be as basic as grooming or doing dishes, or as complex as applying for a driver’s license, balancing a checkbook, or registering for a college course. The Life Coach will show the patient how to do the task, do the task with the patient, and then observe the patient doing the task, until the patient feels confident that he or she is capable of doing the task without the presence of the Life Coach.

Travel Companions provide a calming, structured presence when a patient needs to travel from one location to another. The patient may be taking any form of transportation such as an automobile, train, plane, or ship. The patient may be traveling across town or to another continent. Our Travel Companions work with our treatment team, the patient, and his or her family to assist with itinerary planning, ticketing, baggage, travel documents, passports and visas, and other complexities of travel that may be too complex or stressful if the patient were to travel alone.