Senior Companion Program provides respite services to caregivers of elderly individuals and disabled adults in order for the caregiver to reduce their level of stress and to be able to take care of their own health and personal needs.
Senior Companion Volunteers are 55 years and older who are low-income and trained to provide friendship and companionship at no cost to elderly individuals who are often living alone and may be at risk for institutional placement. Senior Companions serve as the eyes and ears of the agency detecting changes or potential problems with clients.
Senior Companion Volunteers provide services to frail elderly, adults with disabilities and terminal illnesses who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes. The volunteers and their clients benefit from the program which helps them to maintain independence, reduce isolation, improve positive mental health, quality of life and their dignity.
Senior Companion Volunteers encourage clients with their daily activities, whether it’s preparing a meal, going for walks, playing games, reading mail/newspaper, or giving families or caregivers of client’s much-needed time off.
Senior Companion Volunteers visit their clients approximately two times a week and serve up to 15 – 20 hours per week. Most are entitled to a tax-free hourly stipend if they meet the income eligibility guidelines.