AMERICORPS SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM
Across the United States of America.
Senior Companions help other seniors by providing minor in-home care assistance and respite to families or professional caregivers. Senior volunteers help with errands, transportation, paying bills, grocery shopping, medical appointments or simply by being a friend to a senior at home.
The guidelines are specific and companions are not to perform certain tasks such as cleaning or medical related caregiving.
Senior Companions can volunteer up to 40 hours per week and may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend, reimbursement for transportation, and meals. Volunteers receive orientation, training and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.
The main goal of the Americorps Senior Companion Program is to provide in-home care assistance to frail, older adults, adults with disabilities and those with terminal illnesses so that they may remain living independently for as long as possible.
An added benefit of the Americorps Senior Companion Program is that senior volunteers can provide in-home services that may help older adults control the rising cost of health care.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in volunteer service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps & and Learn and Serve America.
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