Senior Companion Program
What is the Senior Companion Program?
The Senior Companion Program is a no-fee service through which people age 55 and older provide assistance and friendship to elderly and adult individuals who are homebound with special needs, and generally living alone. The program serves Benton, Franklin, Yakima and Walla Walla counties. By taking care of simple chores, providing transportation, and offering contact to the outside world. Senior Companions often are essential in assisting the individuals to live independently. Senior Companions usually serve 6 to 8 “friends” through 15-20 hours of service per week.
What benefits do Senior Companions receive?
Senior Companions, who qualify by income, receive modest tax-free stipends, reimbursement for transportation, meals during service, annual medical examination and additional insurance while on duty. Volunteers who do not meet income requirements will receive all other benefits including mileage reimbursement if they so choose. In addition to these benefits, the Senior Companion Program gives participants the opportunity to share lifetime experiences with other seniors and join more than 15,000 older Americans who are strengthening communities across the United States as part of the National Senior Service Corps.
How can you make a referral for someone in need of Senior Companion Services?
To make a referral for a Senior Companion to provide assistance and friendship to an elderly individual or to an adult with special needs, please contact the Senior Companion Program at (509) 545-6145 or (888) 586-7418 for Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties, or (800) 246-2962 for Yakima County. All clients must be at least 60 years old or disabled and require assistance or companionship.
How can you volunteer to become a Senior Companion client?
If interested in becoming a Senior Companion Volunteer you must be at least 55 years of age and enjoy helping people in need. You must meet income eligibility requirements to receive a stipend. Please contact the Senior Companion Program at (509) 545-6145 or (888) 586-7418 for Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties, or (800) 246-2962 for Yakima County. All applicants must pass a background check.