Through the Senior Companion Program, people age 60 and older provide assistance and friendship
to elderly individuals who are homebound and, generally, living alone. By taking care of simple
chores, providing transportation to medical appointments, and offering contact to the outside
world, Senior Companions often provide the essential services that prevent older Americans from
having to enter nursing homes. They also provide respite care to relieve live-in caretakers
for short periods of time.
Senior Companions not only assist the frail elderly with chores and errands, they also help make
the lives of the people they serve less lonely. Many senior Companions serve individuals for
several years and form the most meaningful friendships in their lives.
Senior Companions usually serve two to four clients, providing 20 hours of weekly service. Senior
Companions meet income eligibility requirements and receive small stipends.