Older adults age 60 plus who are healthy, active and interested in helping their elders are needed to volunteer for Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions.
A volunteer senior companion provides companionship, social recreation and assistance with daily living activities so elders can remain living independently in their own homes. The program also provides respite for caregivers who need a temporary break from their daily caregiving responsibilities.
The benefits to becoming a senior companion include a tax-free hourly stipend, travel reimbursement, paid holidays, paid time off, ongoing training opportunities and supplemental insurance coverage. Most importantly, senior companions benefit by making a positive difference in the lives of other elders in their community.
The one-on-one companionship and daily living assistance provided by senior companions can help elders improve their quality of life, reduce feelings of loneliness and build motivation to stay active and interested in life and the community.
If you are 60 years of age or older, of lower income and available to volunteer at least 15 hours per week, contact Andrea Lang, Eastern North Dakota Program Coordinator, at 800-450-1510 for more information about becoming a senior companion volunteer in your area.
Lutheran Social Services Senior Companions is older adults helping elders live independently by providing free weekly home visits throughout North Dakota funded by government grants and private donations. It is a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a nonprofit social services agency serving thousands of North Dakotans with affordable housing, food, disaster response, counseling and therapy and more. Established in 1919, Lutheran Social Services serves clients without regard to race, religion, gender or economic status.