Senior Companion Program: Addressing poverty through volunteerism

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Sunbeam’s Senior Companion Program provides quality, in-home support and companionship to individuals. Nearly 90 percent of people over 65 want to stay in their homes as long as possible. In-home care is less expensive than residential nursing facilities, and means better health outcomes.

Senior Companions are volunteers who are age 55 and above and who are passionate about serving senior adults.  Volunteers are able to give back to the community while providing companionship for another senior adult who may be homebound due to illness or age.

Senior Companions receive in-depth, monthly trainings that focus on practical subjects, such as home safety, dental services and caregiver tips. Trainings also consist of health-focused subjects including diabetes, Parkinson’s and Hospice care.

With the goal of helping seniors stay in their home for as long as possible, Senior Companions provide quality, in-home support and companionship to individuals who cannot afford nursing home care.  Low-income families can’t provide the supportive care their loved ones need due to high costs.  Sunbeam provides over 85,000 hours of in-home services through Senior Companions, saving each family up to $24,000 per year.

How Do I Become a Senior Companion Volunteer?

  • You are at least 55 years old.
  • You can  serve between 15 and 40 hours per week.
  • You pass a health screening and background checks.

Sunbeam provides training before the volunteer meets with his or her match, as well as monthly training.  The program offers a tax-free, hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement to help cover costs to income-eligible individuals.

How Do I Apply to Have a Senior Companion Stay with My Loved One? 

To become a Senior Companion volunteer, or to learn more about how to request a Senior Companion for your loved one,  contact Cathy Snowbarger at csnowbarger@sunbeamfamilyservices.org or 405.609.8812.