The Senior Companion is a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center. To become a Senior Companion you must be 55 years of age or over, not employed, have your own vehicle, and a valid driver’s license and insurance. The positions are open to income-eligible people and opportunities are available in various areas of the County. Pre-service and ongoing training is provided.
Who are Senior Companions?
Senior Companions become part of a team of caregivers. They are healthy older adults who help other adults live independently. Senior Companions make the lives of those they serve less lonely.
Companions must commit to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. In exchange they will receive a stipend, mileage allowance, paid vacation, and sick time. The purpose of this program is to help housebound seniors stay independent in their homes.
Without the help of Senior Companions, many older adults would be unable to continue living at home and would require more expensive, less personal care.
Senior Companions typically visit their clients once a week and assist with a variety of tasks. Activities include assistance with important daily activities such as transportation to medical appointments, shopping, letter writing, and/or assistance with meal preparation. The Senior Companion will also keep watchful eye on their client to notice when extra care is necessary. They also offer encouragement to remain physically and mentally active, provide disaster preparedness information, and provide community service information when required.
What benefits do Senior Companions receive?
The Senior Companions receive compensation to cover the cost of serving in the form of a stipend, mileage reimbursement, and supplemental accident and liability coverage.
If you would like more information about becoming a Senior Companion, please call Sue Carscadden at 352-527-5959.