The Senior Companion program is a program of Americorps Seniors which Catholic Charities has administered since 1968. It meets the critical needs of the community while providing high quality experiences that will enrich the lives of the volunteers and their clients. For example; a client was quoted as saying, “My Senior Companion has been more like family to me, I do not know what I would do without her”.
The Senior Companions in the program serve older adults in the community with hopes of the client remaining independent in their homes. The Senior Companions also serve seniors in independent living housing, veterans, developmentally disabled adults as well as providing respite for caregivers. We pair more than 60 Senior Companions a year with clients by providing non-medical services such as; socialization, phone reassurance, medication reminders, assistance with daily activities, respite and transportation. (Transportation is available at the volunteer’s and the programs discretion).
There is a stipend for the Senior Companion Volunteers:
- 40 hours of paid orientation
- A stipend of $3.00/hour
- Mileage and/or bus-fare reimbursement
- Paid leave time
- Supplementary insurance
- Paid in-service training
- Volunteer recognition events
In order to become a Senior Companion, you must be 55 years or older, meet income requirements and complete and pass all required background checks; Any Income earned from the program will not impact your eligibility for SSI, SSDI, housing or other benefits programs. For more information on how to become a Senior Companion volunteer please contact the Senior Companion Coordinator at 513-672-3718.
If you’re in need of a Senior Companion in Hamilton county or know someone who would benefit from a Senior Companion, complete this referral form.