This program serves a double purpose, as it employs several income-eligible Seniors to visit other older homebound citizens who need companionship. The Companions receive a needed supplement to their income, and gain a sense of purpose as they provide a necessary service to their clients.
Minor house chores, shopping, and friendship - thus offered - often prevent, or at least delay, the need for institutionalization of those being served.
Appropriate Referrals to Senior Companions:
Active Seniors who wish to become Companions; Homebound Seniors who need one.
Must be at least 60 years of age and qualify at 125% of poverty income ($12,763 for one person as of 2/07) to become a companion. Must be at least 60 years of age or have a physical disability to receive services. There is no income eligibility to receive services. Both companions and recipients must be residents of Jefferson County. Senior Companions will serve between 15 and 40 hours a week and typically reach between two and four clients each.
Funding for this program is obtained by the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development from the National Senior Services Corps and the Ohio Department of Aging. The Community Action Council is a volunteer site station and receives no funding for this program.