The Senior Companion Program started nationally in 1974. Our volunteers serve locally in homes, adult day care centers, rehabilitation centers, and long-term care centers.
Senior Companions help older adults with chronic and acute medical conditions and frailties maintain their highest level of independence through companionship and respite.
Volunteers that serve through the Senior Companion Program build caring, supportive relationships with older adults in need of companionship. Senior Companions increase social engagement through reminiscing, playing cards, going for walks, and otherwise provide support to help their client(s) maintain their physical, emotional, and cognitive health.
Currently along with serving clients in their homes we also lend our services to the following facilities:
The individuals helped by Senior Companions receive:
What do senior companions do?
As Senior Companion if you meet income qualifications (200% of the federal poverty level or lower) you receive a tax free monetary stipend monthly as well as transportation and meals while serving, along with:
Senior Companions are required to serve at least 15 per week. Stipend, meal and travel reimbursements are not considered income and do not interfere with Social Security, Medicaid, or Medicare benefits.
You don’t need medical or technical skills to be a Senior Companion. All you need to know is how to be a friend. Senior Companions offer adults contact with the world outside of their homes and make their lives less lonely. Along the way, Senior Companions find out that few things feel as good as knowing you’re needed!
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