Should a paid companion be considered a friend?
One of my family members feels that fraternities and sororities are paying for friends instead of making them organically. Yet, people maintain life long friendships with fraternity and sorority brothers and sisters long after they have left college life behind.
You and your family member should not think of a paid companion as someone simply who is forced to be nice because they are getting a salary. Rather, you need to look at it as the means to which you are matched with someone else who you expect to see you at a regular interval.
If the alternative of a paid companion is loneliness, that is a terrible choice. Loneliness causes physical decline and can accelerate death. If you find a compassionate, paid companion (like The Extra Daughter) you will never regret your decision