Services for Older Adults

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Senior Companions

Reach Out to Help a Neighbor


Senior Companions share time and compassion to help older adults stay active, healthy, and independent.

Every day in communities across Minnesota, Senior Companions are sharing their time and talents - impacting and enhancing the lives of many older adults who are attempting to remain in their own homes.


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How Do Senior Companions Help?

Senior Companions

Senior Companions offer service to others to maintain the highest level of dignity and independence by:

  • Being a friend who listens and offers encouragement
  • Providing non-medical support - helping an older adult run errands, get to medical appointments, go grocery shopping, etc.
  • Sharing hobbies and interests such as playing cards, having a meal, going for a walk or doing a puzzle
  • Providing a break for family caregivers

 

To qualify as a volunteer:

  • You must be 55+ and in good general health
  • Have dependable transportation and be willing to travel in your service area
  • Have compassion, patience, and respect for others
  • Be flexible and available with service activity schedule
  • Work well with diverse individuals, families, groups and organizations

 

Benefits include:

  • A non-taxable stipend of $2.65 per hour (You must work a minimum of 10 hours of service per week to qualify.)
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • On-going training opportunities
  • Recognition
  • Accident and liability insurance while volunteering
  • Meal allowance when meeting required criteria
  • Meeting new people, learning new things and having the satisfaction of helping others

For more information on being a Senior Companion in your community, please contact the  Senior Companion coordinator in your area or complete our short online interest form linked below and we will be in touch soon.


The Senior Companion Program is part of the national Senior Corps of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Since 1974 Senior Companion volunteers have shared their time and compassion with older adults in their communities.