Senior Companion Program
You know how much you value independence in your life. Now you can help others stay independent, too.
Families in every community struggle to care for their loved ones. By becoming a Senior Companion you help that person stay in their own home. Whether you are giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands or simply being a friend, you will make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence.
If you are 60 years of age or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. Senior Companions serve from 20 to 40 hours a week. Some volunteers may qualify to earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. In addition, you will receive pre-service orientation, on-going training and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.
Call ElderServe’s Senior Companion Program at 502736.3856 to find out more about becoming a Senior Companion.
CATCH Healthy Habits offers wellness workshops for adults (50+) taught by volunteers (50+). The program is offered in various locations in Louisville through a partnership between ElderServe and the OASIS Institute, a national education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of adults age 50 and older through lifelong learning and service.
Adults in the program benefit in several ways. Research shows that volunteers have lower rates of depression and mortality and greater functional ability than those who do not volunteer. As they promote healthy habits for other adults and themselves, they also experience the rewards of meaningful community service.
Those interested in volunteering for the program should contact Kaycie Sabelhaus at 502.736.3853 or email@example.com.
The program is funded by a grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Friendly Visitor Program
Our Friendly Visitor program provides companions to older adults in the Metro Louisville area. Senior participants are matched with volunteers to provide friendship and emotional support to help seniors maintain their independence and well-being. Research shows that engagement with a caring volunteer is one of the most effective methods of preventative care.
With the 65+ population expected to increase to 20 percent by 2030, up from 12 percent in 2000, there has never been a more crucial time to support older adults.
In order to foster the relationship, we ask our volunteers to commit to their senior friend on a regular basis – two times per month for a minimum of one year.
Activities are decided by the volunteer and the senior adult, and some of the most popular ones include:
- Arts & crafts
- Playing games
For more information, contact Megan Carpenter at 502.736.3838 or firstname.lastname@example.org.