senior companion Program

The Senior Companion Program pairs low-income adults aged 55 and older with other older adults in their community who would otherwise qualify for nursing home placement, but with assistance, can remain active and independent in their home. A Senior Companion volunteer will assist their client with daily home chores such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, paying bills, and even gardening. While our volunteers will not do these activities for the client, they are there beside them, lending a hand and ensuring they do not overdo it. Senior Companions can help a senior remain at their senior center if they are having difficulty, they help to combat loneliness and social isolation by doing activities, watching television together, or just having a great conversation. Finally, Senior Companions can assist families who are taking care of a loved one by providing short-term respite services (up to four hours a day). Volunteers who meet the Senior Companion Eligibility requirements are provided a stipend of $4 per hour and mileage/meal reimbursement when they volunteer.

Becoming a Senior Companion also provides tangible benefits:

  • Tax-free hourly stipend of $4.00 per hour, paid every two weeks
  • Travel reimbursement to cover the costs of travel
  • Meal allowance
  • Secondary insurance coveage
  • Ongoing professional supervision
  • Personal Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Free monthly educational training on topics relating to older adults

Last year, Senior Companions donated more than 50,000 hours of community service providing companionship to more than 70 seniors and adults with developmental disabilities.

 

Randle Fitts Family Album Spotlight Volunteer

As a Senior Companion, Randle visits a military veteran in his home twice a week to allow his wife a break to run errands. According to the veteran’s spouse Randle services are much needed because it gives her peace of mind knowing someone is at home with her husband...

Senior Companion’s Family Album Spotlight Volunteer LaVera McClain

Our heroes are unknown until their story is told.  This quarter our spotlight volunteer is Ms. LaVera McClain who has been a volunteering with the Senior Companion program for 7 months.  She is the mother of 4 children, grandmother of 16 and great grandmother of 4....

Senior Companion’s Family Album Spotlight Volunteer Deborah Perry

Each day our community grows stronger because of caring people like Deborah Perry who continue to do the right thing to meet the needs of others, regardless of the news and rules about the COVID-19 pandemic.   Deborah Perry has been with the Senior Companion...

Family Album Spotlight

Lillie Davis lives her life by the Golden Rule, to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. For more than 21 years, she has been a volunteer with the Senior Companion Program, serving more than 24,000 hours.  An Alabama native, Lillie graduated from R.B...

Reasonable Accommodations

Positive Maturity is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to volunteer applicants with disabilities, in accordance with federal and state laws. A reasonable accommodation enables a qualified individual with a disability equal opportunity to provide the same level of performance, enjoy equal benefits and receive equal privileges as a member who does not have a disability. Disclosure can happen from an informal conversation to a formal written request for an accommodation. It can also happen at any time during your term of service, from the interview to months after you begin serving.

Learn More

Are you interested in learning more about volunteering as a Senior Companion? Fill out the form below and we will provide you with more information.

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Client Referral Form

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Type of Requested Activities

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Contact Us

We are ready to connect with you. Whether you are interested in volunteering, have a need for services or are an organization interested in a partnership, please complete the form below to contact us.

106 Oxmoor Road, Suite 152, Birmingham, AL 35209

205.803.3211

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Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm