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Helping to Make Independence for Seniors a Reality

People Inc. has recently acquired the Senior Companion Program from Child and Family Services.

The program’s goal is to provide aid and, ultimately, independence to seniors and other adults who are frail or home bound.

Among other activities, the Senior Companion can assist with daily living tasks, such as grocery shopping and bill paying; provide socialization and develop friendship; alert doctors and family members to potential problems; and provide respite to family and caregivers.

A Senior Companion, 55 or older, who lives in Erie County, volunteers his or her time supporting the lives of older adults. They serve older adults who are frail, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illnesses and offer respite for caregivers.

Seniors who receive assistance from a Companion receive quality support and will find countless opportunities open to them with the help of a Companion. They will also have the ability to live independently in their homes or apartments. Seniors who receive the support are 55 or older who live in Erie County.

Senior Companions are supervised by the professional staff of People Inc. and other collaborating agencies. All Senior Companions receive 20 hours of pre-service orientation, as well as four hours of in-service training monthly. In total, senior companions complete 40 hours of orientation training. Most Senior Companions have had previous experience in caring for the elderly. Senior Companions earn a tax-free hourly stipend plus travel and meal reimbursement.

If you are a senior looking for assistance or would like to volunteer to become a Senior Companion, call 716-768-2381.

People Inc. is a not-for-profit health and human services agency providing programs and services to more than 12,000 people with special needs, their families, and seniors throughout Western New York. Since 1971, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity.

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