The goal of Impact Broward’s Senior Companion Program is to assist older adults to age in place, continue to live in their own homes or communities.
Senior Companion Volunteers are 55 years and older who are low-income and trained to provide friendship and companionship at no cost to elderly individuals who are often living alone and may be at risk for institutional placement. Senior Companions serve as the eyes and ears of the agency detecting changes or potential problems with clients.
Senior Companion Volunteers provide services to frail elderly, adults with disabilities and terminal illnesses who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes. The volunteers and their clients benefit from the program which helps them to maintain independence, reduce isolation, improve positive mental health, quality of life and their dignity.
Senior Companion Volunteers encourage clients with their daily activities, whether it’s preparing a meal, going for walks, playing games, reading mail/newspaper, or giving families or caregivers of client’s much-needed time off.
Senior Companion Volunteers visit their clients approximately two times a week and serve up to 15 – 20 hours per week. Most are entitled to a tax-free hourly stipend if they meet the in-come eligibility guidelines.
No, services are provided at no-cost to clients and caregivers. However, donations are always welcomed.
Our volunteers spend about 15 hours a week with clients. Services are provided by trained volunteers who have passed a National Sexual Offender Search and Level II Criminal Background Screening.
Our volunteers help clients maintain their independence, reduce isolation, improve socialization and interaction. Activities may include, preparing a light meal, taking walks, encouraging participation in hobbies, exercise, eating healthy and reading newspaper/books.
Our volunteers are not permitted to engage in the following: