Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program provides grants to qualified agencies and organizations for the dual purpose of engaging persons 60 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs; and to provide a high quality experience that will enrich the lives
of the volunteers.

Program funds are used to support Senior Companions in providing supportive, individualized services to help adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

The following exemplifies SCP service: An SCP volunteer provides supportive in-house services to a stroke victim who is confined to a wheelchair, suffers from depression and needs help in daily living.

Prior to the arrival of the Senior Companion, the client received no visitors and refused to leave his apartment.

Just two months after he arrived, the SCP volunteer convinced his client to venture out of his apartment.

Now, the client goes out for meals, exercises and participates in social events at a nearby senior center.

Another Senior Companion has provided respite care to the husband of an Alzheimer's patient for over six years.

The Senior Companion provides reality orientations, music and games for the client.

Senior Companions provide predominantly in-home services to frail adults, often the elderly.

The following statistics suggest the scope of their activities.

In fiscal year 1997, over 2,400 Senior Companions provided respite to 5,300 Alzheimer's care givers.

They served over 5,000 visually impaired, 3,100 hearing impaired, 2,000 terminally ill and 3,000 clients with short-term disabilities.

An additional 27,000 frail adults with chronic care disabilities threatening their ability to continue to live at home were served.

Senior Companions also served at over 200 adult day care centers; they served at 380 nursing homes and convalescent hospitals.

Agency - Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation's largest grant-maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, the Corporation is a catalyst for change and offers every American a chance to contribute through service and volunteering.

Office - Corporation for National and Community Service State Program Offices, as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog under Corporation for National and Community Service.