Senior Companion Program

Program Name: Senior Companion Program

Location(s)/Contact Info: 63 West Street, Chicopee, MA 01013                 (413) 612-0229

Description:

Who are Senior Companions?

Senior companions are active older adults who help other adults live independently.  Senior Companions provide support to family caregivers. They assist with grocery shopping, medical appointments only if the adult is unable to use other transportation services and other daily tasks necessary to maintaining independence.  The Senior Companion Program goals are to help older people remain in their own homes living independently and to provide one on one respite service to main caregivers who are caring for a loved one at home.  Senior Companions volunteer 15 to 40 hours per week offering service to the less fortunate elders within their community. Senior Companion volunteers play a vital role in maintaining an elder's independence an quality of life.  They offer one on one companionship, socialization opportunities, moral support, information and referral services, transportation and friendship.

As a Senior Companion, you will receive:

  • Pre-service and ongoing training.
  • An annual physical exam.
  • Supplemental insurance.
  • Reimbursement with meals and transportation costs.
  • A small stipend for those who qualify.
  • The joy of helping others to live on their own.

Can you be a Senior Companion?

Senior Companions are:

  • Over the age of 55.
  • Can volunteer 15 to 40 hours per week.
  • Meet low-income eligibility guidelines.
  • Love to help their neighbors.

Eligibility:

  • Senior Companion Volunteer must meet Low-Income Guidelines (200%) of Federal Poverty level.
  • Elder in need of service must be referred by a SC Volunteer Station.
  • This service is FREE to the elder in need.

Service Area:

The Senior Companion Program services Chicopee, Holyoke, and Holland.

     



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