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Senior Companions

Reach Out to Help a Neighbor

Senior Companions share time and compassion to help older adults remain independent

By sharing your time and compassion, you can make independence a reality for an elderly neighbor.

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. 


How Do Senior Companions Help?

FS-senior-companion-davidSenior Companions offer service to others to maintain the highest level of dignity and independence by:

  • Being a friend who listens and cares
  • Visiting homebound isolated adults
  • Helping with routine errands or transportation
  • Providing support to family caregivers

 

To qualify as a volunteer:

  • You must be 55 years of age or better 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 (minimum of 15 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 a Senior Companion application form and we will contact you.

Senior Companion Application

 


An Effective Model of Caring for the Neighbor

Since the program’s inception in 1974, Senior Companion volunteers have served others who need assistance with the tasks of daily living. As a part of the national Senior Corps of the Corporation for National and Community Service; and through collaborative efforts with public agencies, private non-profits and health care organizations, the Senior Companion Program assists in meeting the needs of those seniors who wish to remain independent in their own homes. 

Marshalling the time, talents and compassion of retiree volunteers to help other seniors has proven to be an effective model.  Informal care networks for an ever increasing elderly population can reduce care costs to individuals, their families and governmental agencies.

If you are interested in receiving Senior Companion services, please visit our Receive Services page.

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Glen's Experience

 

 

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.