Senior companions make independence a reality
Published 8:04 am Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The Senior Companion Program is a unique exchange of service that enhances the lives of older citizens in local communities across the nation. This remarkable program pairs healthy older individuals with adults, primarily older adults, who have one or more physical, emotional, or mental health limitation. Companions offer friendship and support as they help their recipients remain in their own homes and live independently.
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Additionally, friendly visits from a Senior Companion help families have peace of mind knowing their loved ones are in good company and are safe. Also, for the families and clients who receive care provided by a Senior Companion Program volunteer, this is a free service.
The Senior Companion Program is federally funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service and it is locally sponsored by Bluegrass Community Action Partnership, which serves Anderson, Boyle, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln and Mercer counties. The Senior Companion Program (SCP) provides individuals who are at least 55 years of age with meaningful volunteer opportunities in their community and a purpose in their life.
Senior clients report feeling better, physically and emotionally, when receiving services like meal preparation, medication reminders, exercise support, friendly visits and conversations on a regular basis.
Clients begin to view volunteers as a vital, loving part of their extended family. They look forward to these visits and the assistance provided by the volunteers. Clients and family members report: they don’t know what they would do without their Senior Companion Program volunteers.
Those in need of the services provided by a Senior Companion volunteer may contact: Senior Companion Program (502) 848-8701 or 1-800-456-6571, ext. 219