Senior Companions are volunteers, age 55 and above, who are compassionate, social and who enjoy helping others with special needs. For their services they earn a small stipend.
By becoming a Companion to a frail, disabled or convalescing person age 21 or older , these volunteers improve day-to-day lives. Often a Senior Companion’s regular weekly support can make it possible for a special needs person to remain in their own home.
Senior Companions may provide:
- Friendship and companionship
- Assistance with daily living tasks (grocery shopping, bill paying and more)
- Transportation to local destinations
- Notice to doctors and family members about potential problems
- Respite care for family and other caregivers
Volunteer as a Senior Companion
Senior Companions volunteer between 15 to 40 hours a week. Volunteers should be in good health and must meet income-eligibility. They also benefit from pre-service orientation and other training from New Opportunities Inc.
Senior Companions receive:
- A tax-free hourly stipend
- Meals while on duty
- Reimbursement for transportation or car mileage
- An annual physical for those without health insurance
- Paid time off with flexible hours
- 13 paid holidays
- Case assignments in or near their town
- A uniform
- Supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty
For more information call Elder Services at (203) 575-4214 or email Elder [at] NewOppInc [dot] org.
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