Highland News Leader

SWIC Senior Companion Program looking for volunteers

Looking for a chance to brighten someone’s day? 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 senior volunteer programs 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 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 fringe benefits.

For more information on Senior Companion Program opportunities in Madison County, contact Elaine Roustio at (618) 797-7369.