Americans are living longer than ever before. More older adults will need long-term care, but prefer to live at home rather than in a nursing home or hospital. Senior Companions are volunteers who spend 15 to 20 hours each week giving one-on-one attention to adults having difficulty with daily living tasks.
Senior Companions provide the assistance many older adults and people with disabilities may need in order to live independently. A Senior Companion may go along to help with grocery shopping or for a walk. They may spend time helping to write a letter, prepare a meal or pay a bill. Senior Companions make the lives of those they serve less lonely by offering simple friendship and a helping hand.
Interested in being a Volunteer?
To be a Senior Companion, you must:
- be at least 55 years old
- successfully complete our pre-service training and a police history check
- be income eligible
- enjoy spending time with other older adults
For your service, you will receive:
- 40 hours of paid (stipended) pre-service training and monthly inservice training
- a tax-free stipend which will not affect other benefits
- mileage reimbursement to and from service
- an annual physical examination
- excess accident and liability insurance
"It's so nice to be helped by my friend, someone who really wants to be there with me...I'm not so depressed anymore." - Client
"I don't know what you've done to my mother, but it's such a wonderful improvement. She's been getting out of the house for the first time in years. If it weren't for her Senior Companion, my mother would definitely be in a nursing home." - Daughter of a Client
Interested in joining our staff? Check out our Careers page for current job openings:
The Area Agency on Aging is committed to supporting seniors and adults with disabilities, and their caregivers and families. For more information about the Agency and ways to support its mission of Offering Choices for Independent Lives, visit our Fund Development page or call us at 269-983-0177 or toll-free at 800-442-2803.