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Etymology: L, com, together, panis, food
(in psychiatric nursing) the assignment of a staff member to stay with a disturbed patient to provide support and to protect the patient from self-harm or harm to others. In constant companionship the disturbed patient is accompanied in all activities until the staff member is convinced the patient has regained control.
companionshipA 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.
the faculty possessed by most truly domesticated animals. They are social creatures and have a great need for the companionship of other animals. Animals in groups are quieter and more productive as a rule.