Looking for a chance to brighten
someone’s day and earn some extra money? Become a Senior Companion!
The Senior Companion Program
pairs healthy, active people 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise
would not be able to live independently. The program is sponsored by
Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons.
“The companions provide
supportive, individualized services to help clients maintain their dignity and
independence,” said Carla Boswell, director of the Senior Companion Program at
PSOP. “The goal is to keep them independent and in their own homes.”
Senior Companions provide
companionship and assistance to their peers who are homebound or may be
socially isolated. They visit one or more days per week for four or
more hours per day and can assist with daily tasks, provide
transportation, and give support and a much-needed break to full-time
caregivers. Companions earn a nontaxable stipend and other benefits such
as meal and travel reimbursements, as well as paid time off.
The Senior Companion Program is
currently searching for volunteers in Madison, Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair
counties. For more information on how to become a Senior Companion,
contact Elaine Roustio in Madison County at 618-797-7369; Deena Duvall in
Monroe or Randolph counties at 618-282-6682, ext. 8135; Charla Morton in St.
Clair County at 618-234-4410, ext. 7095; or Deirdre Evans in the East St. Louis
area at 618-874-6584.