Would the companion get her up earlier to eat and maybe engage her in an activity? Does anyone from the NY metro area have good experience with an agency for companions? I am waiting for results of tests her geriatrician took, but her behavior might be caused by emotional problems. She just has no energy anymore and sometimes refuses to eat more than a little bit. Some days she eats a little better, but seems to have to force herself at times. I know I can hire someone but it is very expensive and I don't know if it would help. I am thinking to do it just for someone to be with her while I'm gone at work or out with friends for awhile. She stays safe, but I wish she'd eat and occupy herself the way she used to. P.S. Mom is 98 now, but since unable to go out walking on her own, I think that has caused her decline. She is unsteady on her feet and afraid of falling outside. When I try to take her for a walk, she won't go far or doesn't want to go at all. Mom gets upset when I mention hiring a companion to stay with her. What to do? Is counseling (therapy) for the elderly effective?