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Ann Whisenhunt
Senior Companion Manager


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Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program is celebrating 40 years! Senior Companions are volunteers age 55 and over who make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks. LOS has hosted the Senior Companion Program since 1985. A letter from the Director of Senior Corps. The 40 Anniversary Video.

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is a federally funded program through the Corporation of National and Community Service that provides opportunities for seniors to make a difference in their community.  SCP helps senior adults by providing part-time paid volunteer community service opportunities for low-income people age 55 and older.  These volunteers in turn provide support services to older persons who have unmet physical, mental, or social needs.

Senior Companions serve the homebound elderly who need daily attention and assistance with small tasks such as preparing meals, visiting the doctor, or shopping.  They provide friendship and support and enable those they serve to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their life in the later years.  SCP is administered by Land of Sky Regional Council and serves Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties.

Senior Companions:
Are 55 years or age or older;
Must meet income guidelines established by the federal government;
Must be physically and mentally able to serve; and
Can serve between 15 - 40 hours a week.

Assistance with meal preparation;
Transportation to doctor appointments, grocery store, pharmacy and any other needed transportation;
Social interaction;
Light housekeeping;
Recreational activities; and
Respite for family caregiver.

Hourly stipend of $2.65;
Holidays, vacation, and sick days;
Initial and monthly training;
Liability insurance while volunteering;
Transportation (mileage reimbursed);
Satisfaction in feeling useful again; and
Knowing you are needed by someone who depends on you.

There is a senior waiting right now for a Senior Companion!