Office for the Aging


Senior Companion Program

Through their assistance and friendship, Senior Companions help others live independently in their homes preventing or delaying expensive, institutional care. Senior Companions assist clients with paying bills, grocery shopping and finding transportation to medical appointments. They offer contact with the outside world and help make the lives of the people they serve less lonely. Today, Senior Companions are helping approximately 3,500 other seniors in New York State.

Senior Companions are at least 60 years old, meet income eligibility requirements and serve two or four clients during their twenty hours of service each week. They must participate in pre-service orientation and in-training workshops throughout their service.

In exchange for their service, Senior Companions receive modest tax-free stipends, reimbursement for transportation, meals during service, annual physical examinations and accident and liability insurance while on duty.

There are 21 Senior Companion Programs located in New York State operated by the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities or non-profit organizations.