Senior Companion Program


Seniors Helping Seniors

Our Senior Companion Program serves a dual purpose:

  1. Provides one-on-one supportive services to older adults to help them maintain their independence and improve their quality of life.
  2. Creates volunteer service opportunities for those who are at least 21 years old.

Possible Volunteer Activities:

  • Personal Care
    • Remind to take medications
    • Provide grief support
    • Assist in reality orientation/awareness
    • Encourage exercise, take walks with client, and/or provide information on exercise or recreation
  • Nutrition
    • Prepare food, plan meals, label and organize food
    • Provide health or nutrition information
  • Social/Recreation
    • Provide companionship, talking, listening, cheering up, playing games or cards
  • Home Management
    • Write letters, read, assist with filling out forms
    • Complete light housework tasks
    • Light gardening
  • Information and Advocacy
    • Provide information about community services
    • Assist with obtaining eligibility for services
    • Bring unmet needs to the attention staff and other care providers
  • Respite Care
    • Assist home bound clients served by caregivers who are in need of respite care to prevent a breakdown in household capability

Eligibility Requirements to Become a Client:

  • Must be at least 60 years old
  • Must live in Cumberland County
  • Must have needs that can be met by volunteers (see above for allowable activities)

Eligibility Requirements to Become a Volunteer:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Attend orientation course and monthly meeting

Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer:

  • Monthly in-service sessions to help you learn about resources, programs and health tips for the elderly
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • An orientation course to give you the tools needed to get the most out of your experience
  • Supplemental volunteer insurance
  • Recognition for your service

For more information call (910) 484-0111 and ask for Kelly Moreton, Program Coordinator.

Welcome to our website! The Council on Older Adults was established in 1968 as a non-profit organization and forty-eight years later we remain committed to our original mission of helping older adults living in Cumberland County maintain their independence at home with dignity.

 

339 Devers Street
Fayetteville, NC  28303
Telephone: (910) 484-0111
Fax: (910) 484-0627

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