companionship


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

companionship

A general term for an interactional relationship with one or more living beings; companions include spouses, lovers, children, parents, friends, pets and others, who provide an individual with a sense of belonging and of being needed. Companionship prevents social isolation—which is common after divorce and in those with disabilities, advanced age, mental disorders and alcoholism, and is a risk factor for suicide and deaths from all causes.
References in periodicals archive ?
Companionship, lost by death, to be compensable must be that which would have provided services substantially equivalent to those provided by the companions often hired today by the aged or infirm, or substantially equivalent to services provided by nurses or practical nurses.
The SCAS also highlights the companionship which pets bring, especially to those living alone and to the elderly.
Sundale House is one of the companionship centres run by Age UK as part of their bid to tackle loneliness in the elderly.
The FLSA's companionship services rule largely eliminates the minimum wage and overtime exemption previously used by third-party employers such as home care agencies, resulting in an estimated 1.9 million U.
Carlisle said children with autism may especially benefit from interacting with dogs, which can provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship to the children.
There are also dogs trained to assist adults and children with autism, providing companionship and promoting positive behaviour; dogs trained to give prior warning of an epileptic seizure and identify the odour changes in people with life-threatening health conditions.
Rosemary Sewell, Deputy Mayoress of South Tyneside, said: "Happy at Home is such a fantastic initiative as it allows people who are socially isolated to receive some companionship in their own homes.
"Companionship, someone you can talk to, day trips, a walk on the promenade."
The people of both countries are close to each other and share special bondage of friendship and companionship, he added.
When analyzing companies, Great Place to Work evaluates five major areas: Credibility, respect, impartiality, pride and the companionship of workers.
Lonely and seeking companionship, Indonesian maids have become targets for terrorist recruiters, who befriend and even romance them through social media.
Summary: Los Angeles [United States], June 21 (ANI): ABC on Wednesday announced a new reality series "Castaway" which according to the network will test the human need for companionship under extreme circumstances.