Aging takes grace and is not for the faint of heart. It is a journey that can be a rewarding adventure and at times can be discouraging. But it is a journey the majority of us will make. We would like to help by offering services through the Senior Corps Senior Companion Program. The goal of the Senior Companion Program is to help our aging community population remain in their homes, enjoying the comfort it affords and the memories it holds. In addition, we serve any adult with disabilities.
While we age there are home tasks that become challenging and a little help can be appreciated. Our companions help facilitate independence while developing meaningful friendships that can be lasting. Balance and standing can become difficult, so meals and household chores are a challenge. Driving to the grocery store and getting to appointments are no longer easily accomplished.
Each companion is trained and equipped with First Aid and CPR certification. Their driving skills are refreshed through the AARP Drivers’ Safety Course and their driving record is reviewed. The program also pays for a full background check. A physical exam is required and paid for by the Program to insure they can perform the tasks of their choice without fear of harming themselves or others. Financial eligibility is based on annual earnings of less than $30,360.00 for a single household. The volunteer companion must be 55 years or older.
The service is free to the senior population and companion volunteers are reimbursed a small stipend per hour and mileage reimbursement which is paid monthly. The reimbursements are all non-taxable and do not affect any government assistance received. The application process is not complicated.
Deborah Snyder, the Senior Companion Program Supervisor, is ready to assist anyone wishing to be part of this program. Just give her a call at 907)987-2976 or email email@example.com