" Making Independence a Reality”
The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is a volunteer program that taps into the life experience of adults 55 years or older. Senior Companion Volunteers help those who may be at risk of loosing their independence or find comfort, friendship and much needed assistance in a home environment.
SCP provides a way for older adults age 55 and older to help other people who have difficulty with daily living tasks, such as grocery shopping, meal preparation, light housekeeping, or even bill paying. Senior companions spend from 15 to 40 hours a week helping two to four adult clients live independently in their own homes. Three-quarters of that time is spent developing companionship through games, puzzles, reading and talking.
The final quarter is environmental in nature – the part where the companion makes a meal, dust or sweeps the floor. Individual assignments are based on volunteers physical abilities. Services helps give the volunteer “the warm fuzzy feeling of helping someone,” explained SCP Director Rod Poling. And together they do learn that much life is left in their years.
More than 110 seniors can participate in this program serving those needing assistance in Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Brooke,Cabell, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Kanawha, Lewis, Marion, McDowell, Mecer, Monongalia, Pleasants, Preston, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Taylor, Tucker, Upshur, Webster and Wood Counties. New volunteers are always welcome to apply.
Senior companions often provide relief to care givers that are caring for a loved one and just need a break to rest, run errands and other activities of daily living. Senior Companion also serve veterans and adults 18 years or older with a handicap. In return for their volunteer service, they receive a stipend of $2.65 per hour, accident and liability insurances and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, monthly training and boost their self-esteem.. Volunteer must meet income guidelines, have a current physical, state and federal background check. The stipend earned is nontaxable and does not affect and benefits you receive.
It’s a way for people to stay active in the community. It’s an opportunity to create friendships and show compassion for others.