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Be A Senior Companion! [Fall Orientation]

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Be A Senior Companion! [Fall Orientation]

Many seniors are lonely and at risk of being isolated, which can negatively impact their health and well-being. People who feel isolated have higher rates of depression, higher instances of chronic illness, and shorter life spans.

Senior Companions, all of whom qualify as low-income, receive stipends and travel reimbursement to visit home-bound seniors for 15+ hours a week. They provide needed socialization and non-medical assistance so clients can remain independent in their homes. The program helps both groups stay connected and retain their independence. 

Program Requirements

  • Be aged 55 or older
  • Be able to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Have reliable transportation to visit clients
  • Pass a background check

During the 3-Day Fall Orientation, accepted Senior Companions will receive training on:

  • Program Overview (Federal and Local)
  • The Role of the Senior Companion
  • Strategies for Working with Older Adults
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Elder Advocacy

After orientation, participants will shadow a current Senior Companion before serving!

To be considered for the Senior Companion Program Volunteer, you must submit an application, participate in a brief interview, and have a cleared background check!

Many seniors are lonely and at risk of being isolated, which can negatively impact their health and well-being. People who feel isolated have higher rates of depression, higher instances of chronic illness, and shorter life spans.

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Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    September 21, 2021
    9:30 AM EDT
    1:30 PM UTC
  • End Date
    September 23, 2021
    4:00 PM EDT
    8:00 PM UTC
  • Schedule
    Weekdays
  • Time Commitment
    A few days
  • Recurrence
    One time only

Location

On-site
Columbus, OH, USA

How to Apply

  1. Express interest and complete application with background check consent
  2. Attend interview and orientation
  3. Begin shadowing and service
  1. Express interest and complete application with background check consent
  2. Attend interview and orientation
  3. Begin shadowing and service

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