Are you interested in helping your elderly and younger disabled neighbors? Would you like to assist people in their goals of living independently? Would you like to know if you qualify for a tax free hourly stipend for your services?
If you become a Senior Companion, you will help the elderly and younger disabled by:
- Providing companionship, talking, listening, sharing experiences, playing games or cards, etc.
- Helping to keep clients in contact with family, friends and the outside world
- Providing transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store, social events, other household and personal errands
- Assisting clients to live independently with dignity
- Being a friend
Consider joining the Senior Companion Program and making a difference today!
A Senior Companion:
- Is 60 years of age and older
- Has a yearly physical evaluation, TB testing and flu shots
- Receives supplemental liability insurance
- May receive a tax-free hourly stipend, if income guidelines qualify
- Receives pre-service and ongoing monthly companion training and yearly driver safety training
- Receives mileage reimbursement and meals.
Senior Companions are helping hundreds of frail elderly and younger disabled neighbors stay in their own familiar surroundings for as long as safely possible. There are thousands of others who need help and assistance in order to live at home.
We need your help! Fill out an application online, or for more information please call:
Linn and Benton counties
1046 6th Ave. SW, Albany
140 NE 4th St., Newport
The Senior Companion Program and Foster Grandparent Program is sponsored in part by: Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Samaritan Health Services, Samaritan Lifeline Program, and numerous local city and county agencies and programs dedicated to improving the lives of our frail elderly and younger disabled neighbors.
Note: If you are a senior or a younger disabled person who would like to receive the services of a Senior Companion, please go to the "Hospital Services" Web page of your local Samaritan Health Services hospital. Or, you may phone (541) 967-8630 in Linn and Benton counties, or (541) 336-2289 in Lincoln County.
The Foster Grandparent volunteers are trained seniors who encourage children with one-on-one support.
Volunteer assignments may include listening to a child read, having lunch with a child or listening to a child talk about a new concept or idea.
Income-eligible volunteers receive a $2.65 per hour tax free stipend, mileage reimbursement, training and the lasting reward of respect and affection from the children they work with.
Foster Grandparents are seniors who enjoy working with children, are 60 years or better, seniors who are committed to supporting children in the classroom and who can commit to 15 hours or more per week.
Pre-placement training includes program goals and philosophy, the role of the foster grandparent, child development, child abuse reporting, problem solving, working with children with disabilities, confidentiality and team building.
For more information call:
Lane, Linn and Benton counties
Volunteers find immense satisfaction is helping the dying retain some control over their lives and live out what is left of life as a person, not just a patient.
Samaritan Evergreen Hospice offers a seven-week overview of the physical, psychological, familial and spiritual aspects of dying each spring. Independent study is also available as a training option.
For more information, contact Karen McLain, volunteer coordinator, (541) 812-4677, firstname.lastname@example.org
Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital
For more information, contact Jean Fredrickson, volunteer coordinator, (541) 574-1811, email@example.com