Aging woman helped by companion

Senior Companion Program

Senior Companion Program
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Program Description

If you want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. By becoming a companion to a frail person, you help that person stay in their own home. Whether you're giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands, or simply being a friend, you'll make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual's independence. And you'll join with thousands of others to help control the rising costs of health care.

Senior Companions serve up to 40 hours per week. When you volunteer, you're not just helping others—you're helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show that volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide income and meaningful work for program participants;
  • Provide care for people who are frail; and
  • Provide respite for caregivers.

 

Eligibility

Volunteers must be age 55 or older.

Funding

State and federally funded.  Federal funding is through the Corporation for National and Community Service.