Senior Companion Program
Older adults want to remain in their homes as long as possible, and in order to do that they need supportive services. If you, or a loved one, are having difficulty with tasks of daily living then you will want to learn about Telespond’s Senior Companion Program!
The individuals helped by Senior Companions receive:
- Assistance with errands and important daily tasks
- Encouragement to remain active
- A helping hand to make sure they take their medicine
- A watchful eye to notice when they need extra care
- A friendship that can last a lifetime
Senior Companions also provide needed respite for caregivers so that they can get out of the house, take a needed break, or tend to their families and other duties.
Senior Companions are volunteers who make life-changing connections with older adults, assisting them in basic but essential ways and making a significant contribution to their quality of life.
If you are 55 or older, have a low to modest income or receive Social Security, and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. By becoming a companion to a person at no cost to them, you help that person stay in their own home. Whether you’re giving families and caregivers much needed time off, assisting in small but essential ways, or simply being a friend, you’ll make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence. You’ll also join with thousands of others to help control the rising costs of health care.
Senior Companions become part of a team of caregivers. They alert doctors and family members to potential health problems. Senior Companions also provide short periods of relief to primary caregivers such as family members. It is important to note that it isn’t necessary to drive a car to be a Senior Companion. Almost half of Telespond’s SCP volunteers take the bus to visit their clients.
- Are over 55 years of age
- Can Volunteer between 15 to 40 hours per week
- Have a total income from Social Security, a Pension, Social Security Disability for one person of $24,140 or two persons of $32,400.
- Enjoy helping others
As a Senior Companion you’ll receive
- Pre-service training of forty hours and on-going training
- An annual physical examination
- Benefit time and holidays
- Transportation cost reimbursement
- A small stipend
- The joy of helping others live on their own
- Remember, when you volunteer, you’re not just helping others…your’e helping yourself. Volunteering leads to new discoveries and new friends. Plus, studies show the volunteering helps you live longer and promotes a positive outlook on life.
- Help make independence a reality for those in need!
Call 570-961-1950 today to learn more about how you can become a volunteer in the Senior Companion Program!
Contact: Kathy Coyne at 570-961-1950