Senior Companion Program (SCP)
The Senior Companion Program at Positive Maturity allows seniors aged 55 and older to serve other seniors in need. By providing company, assistance, and friendship, Senior Companions serve frail, home-bound seniors, enabling them to continue living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
Senior Companions provide companionship through a wide range of services:
- Light housekeeping
- Short-term Respite
- Meal preparation
- Help with reading a book or the mail
(Please note; Senior Companions do not perform duties such as administering medication, personal grooming (nails, bathing, etc) and are not allowed to perform any duties associated with health treatment. Senior Companions are NOT certified Nursing Assistance and may not perform duties as such. )
Senior Companions must be over 60 and meet income requirements. Companions serve as volunteers for up to 20 hours a week and receive a small stipend of $2.65 an hour. The program charges no fee for its services.
The Senior Companion Program began in 1968 as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and Administration on Aging. In March 1973, President Richard Nixon asked Congress to expand the role of low-income older volunteers who provide person-to-person services. Seven months later, the Senior Companion Program was signed into law. SCP is one of Senior Corps’ three core programs.
LaQuita Smith: (205) 803-3211