Senior Companions: Volunteers Who Give You a Break

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Volunteers keep seniors company and give caregivers a break

Did you know that there are programs across the U.S. that give caregivers a break? Their volunteers are available to spend time with your older adult.

 

National community service agency helps seniors

The U.S. government has an agency called the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). One of their main nationwide programs is called Senior Corps.

Senior Corps connects adults aged 55+ with organizations that could benefit from their skills and expertise. It’s a great way for older adults to stay active and participate in their communities. One of their programs, Senior Companions, pairs active seniors with older adults who aren’t as independent or mobile.

 

What the Senior Companions program does

The Senior Companions program recruits volunteers to give friendship and assistance to seniors who have difficulty with daily living tasks. Volunteers go through background checks and training in order to participate.

The volunteers are all aged 55 and over and, aside from companionship, can also help with things like shopping or paying bills. These Companions give family caregivers much-needed help so they have a chance to take care of themselves.

 

How to find Senior Companions in your area

Here’s how to find a local Senior Companions program:

  1. Visit this page at the CNCS website
  2. Click the link to go to the State Profiles page
  3. Select your state (or where your senior is located)
  4. Scroll down to find the Senior Corps section on the state page
  5. Click the link to open the Senior Corps PDF for your state
  6. The PDF shows the CNCS organizations by city and notes which programs they offer

DailyCaring tip: Even if a Senior Companion program isn’t listed in the “Program Type” column for the organization in your area, it’s a good idea to call and double-check. The website might not have all the latest updates.

 

Next Step  Find a volunteer through your local Senior Companion program

 

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Local Respite Care Services Give Caregivers a Break

 

By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
Image: Family Services of Central MA

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