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Senior Companion Program
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-628-5809
Fax: 785-628-4089
Email: srcomp@fhsu.edu
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The Senior Companion Program, established in 1974, connects volunteers age 55 and over with adults needing support to remain independent.  Activities include helping with simple chores, providing transportation to appointments, monitoring medication, providing respite care and offering contact to the community.  Companions help aging Americans maintain their dignity and quality of life while enriching their own lives through service.

Both Senior Companions and those served receive significant, long-term health benefits from their participation, including reduced rates of depression, increased social ties and perceived social support.  Families are strengthened through respite services provided to family caregivers.  Senior Companion services are provided at no cost to the recipient.

Senior Companions serve between 15 and 40 hours per week.  Income eligible volunteers receive a stipend of $2.65 per hour for their service.  They also receive accident and liability insurance, mileage reimbursement and other benefits.

The Senior Companion Program is part of Senior Corps, along with RSVP and the Foster Grandparent Program.  Senior Corps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering.

 

Corporation for National and Community Service  |  National Senior Corps Association

Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging  |  Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging

FHSU Foster Grandparent Program

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