9 Montco Senior Residents Complete Volunteer Orientation to Become the Newest Senior Companions
Nine Montgomery County Senior Residents Complete Volunteer Orientation
to Become the Newest Senior Companions
Volunteers earn money while providing companionship to homebound seniors
KULPSVILLE, PA, July 11, 2016 — Nine Montgomery County seniors recently completed their pre-service orientation and training to become the newest volunteers with Family Services’ Senior Companion Program.
A program of Family Services, the Senior Companion Program provides volunteer opportunities for limited-income seniors, age 55 and older, in Montgomery County and the surrounding area. Volunteers are paired with frail or disabled older adults and provide them with companionship and one-on-one assistance. The frail older adults may have difficulty completing everyday tasks, be depressed or isolated, need an advocate, or a ride to a doctor’s office. Senior Companions offer this one-on-one support to help the individual maintain their highest level of independent living. Senior Companions assist with personal care, nutrition, recreation, home management, information and advocacy, and respite care.
Currently, the Senior Companion Program has 40 trained, active Companions. Each Companion is paired with one-to-three clients. In 2015, these Senior Companions provided over 35,805 hours of volunteer service while assisting 68 clients throughout Montgomery County.
Those interested in becoming a Senior Companion must be a Montgomery County resident, age 55 or older, meet minimum income requirements, and enjoy working with other older adults. All volunteer Senior Companions receive a modest tax-free stipend for a minimum of 15 hours of service each week, as well as paid holiday, sick and vacation leave, ongoing training, and transportation reimbursement.
For more information on the Senior Companion Program, please call 215-368-0985.
Nine Montgomery County seniors completed their pre-service orientation and training recently to become the newest volunteers with Family Services’ Senior Companion Program. Pictured at the program’s graduation ceremony are (front row, left to right) Deborah Bartlett of Lansdale; Bessie Crockett of Elkins Park; Bonnie Dudley of Norristown; Joyce Elliott of Norristown; (back row, left to right) Joseph Boatright of Norristown; Hattie Fields of Hatfield; Joan Foster of Elkins Park; Mary Lou Stepsie of Spring City; and Katherine Wallace of Norristown.