Help aging seniors stay in their homes
Partnering with organizations in Pierce and Kitsap Counties, we match trained volunteers with isolated individuals and people with disabilities who need companionship. Volunteers visit on a regular basis to talk, play cards, work on hobbies together, go for walks, or accompany their companions on short errands or doctor appointments.
The Senior Companion Program is part of the Corporation for National and Community Service. It was introduced as a way to help socially isolated seniors and people with disabilities remain in their homes while maintaining the highest level of independent living. The program provides an avenue for low-income seniors to give back to their communities by offering a small stipend and mileage reimbursement to volunteers that otherwise would not be able to afford to volunteer.
Senior volunteers and senior companions benefit from improved quality of life
Social isolation is a growing health epidemic with a demonstrated physical health risk. Social isolation and/or living alone increases early mortality by 32 percent. Increased social interaction can delay the effects of dementia, depression and isolation. This interaction also delays the need for nursing home care, which is good for the individual, the family and the community. Clients and volunteers alike report an improved quality of life from the experience of having a senior friend.
Sign up today to be a senior companion
To become a Senior Companion volunteer, you must be 55 years or older, low income, and commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week for a year or more. In addition, volunteers need to have auto insurance and a three-year clear driving record. Companions go through an application process, a background check and a special training program before being matched with seniors or individuals with disabilities.
For more information, or to apply to be a Senior Companion Volunteer or elder in need of a companion, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253-722-5686.
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