The Friendly Visiting/Tel-A-Care program helps to relieve the loneliness and isolation of older adults, to help them.
Live as independently as possible in their own homes.
- Friendly Visitors…
- Friendly Visitors are volunteers who visit homebound clients in their homes. Their visits are on a regular basis when convenient for both the client and the volunteer.
- Friendly Visitors provide such services as:
- companionship ~ preparing a light meal ~ reading
- writing letters ~ going for a walk ~ grocery shopping
Tel-A-Care volunteers make regularly scheduled telephone calls from their own homes to homebound clients, providing a safety check while maintaining friendly contact with the client. If the client does not answer, the Tel-A-Care volunteer will notify the emergency contact person to make sure of the client’s safety.
If you would like to volunteer for either service, call Telespond at (570) 961-1950 ext. 328. Kellie Sheakoski.
Senior Companion Program Volunteer
Senior Companion Program volunteers are healthy older adults who help other adults live independently. Senior Companions provide support to family caregivers, and assist with daily tasks necessary to maintaining independence. Without the help of Senior Companions, many older adults would not be able to continue living at home and would need more expensive, less personal care.
Senior Companions receive: pre-service and ongoing training; an annual physical examination; holidays and vacations; transportation cost reimbursement; a small stipend for those who qualify; and the joy of helping others.
Senior Companion Program volunteers are 60+ years of age, can volunteer 20 hours a week, have a limited income, and love to help their neighbors. They become part of a team of caregivers, alerting doctors and family members to potential health problems. Senior Companions also provide short periods of relief to primary caregivers such as family members. You do not need medical or technical skills to be a Senior Companion. It is not necessary to drive a car — almost half of Telespond’s Senior Companions take the bus to visit their clients. 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.
Senior Companions’ clients benefit by receiving: (1) assistance with important daily tasks; (2) encouragement to remain active; (3) a helping hand to make sure they take their medicine; (4) a watchful eye to notice when they need extra care; and (5) a friendship that can last a lifetime.
Call today for an application, and begin enriching YOUR life!!! (570) 961-1950