Senior Companions Program Receives 3 Year Grant
Congratulations to Dr. Adrienne Cohen & Deb Pless on receiving three more years of funding for the Georgia Southern Senior Companion Program. The grant was awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The mission of the Georgia Southern [ASCP] is to provide a high quality volunteer experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers while helping the homebound, older adults and individuals with disabilities maintain their dignity and independence in their own home.
Senior Companions assist adults who need extra support to live independently in their own homes. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illness and offer respite for care givers. Senior Companions care for adults in Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Effingham, Evans, Jenkins, Screven, and Tattnall counties. Senior Companions are matched with clients according to needs, abilities, and distance.
Senior Companions serve 15–40 hours per week and earn tax-free hourly, meal, and mileage stipends. Senior Companions assist their adult clients in basic but essential ways, including:
- Supervision for those who wander or are bed-bound
- Offering companionship and friendship to isolated and frail adults
- Assisting with simple chores to maintain living conditions
- Limited transportation
- Assisting with meals