Companions assist the elderly and provide respite to caregivers
The Senior Companion program provides an opportunity for limited income seniors to earn a small, tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour while helping other seniors maintain their independence and providing respite to caregivers. They serve 20 hours per week and assist the elderly with light housekeeping, meal preparation, socialization, rides to doctor appointments, and other essential needs.
The Senior Companion program is made possible by a federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored by Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services.
To participate as a Senior Companion volunteer you must:
- Be at least 55 years of age or a caregiver of someone 60 or older
- Have a monthly income of $2,010 or less for a single person and $2,706 or less per couple
- Willing and able to serve 20 hours per week
The reimbursement you receive ($2.65/hour) is NOT considered income by law, is non-taxable, and does not reduce other entitlement program benefits such as subsidized housing, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security or SSI.
To receive help from a Senior Companion you must:
- Be at least 60 years of age
- Be in need of assistance in maintaining your independence or in need of respite for your caregiver
Volunteers serve 20 hours per week assisting frail and isolated seniors throughout Salt Lake County. Volunteers serve in the homes of clients needing assistance. Companions also provide respite care to families caring for a loved one at home.
- $2.65 per hour stipend (not considered income and does not affect other entitlements such as subsidized housing, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.)
- Mileage reimbursement for use of your vehicle or a free monthly bus pass
- Free annual physical exam
- Excess accident and auto insurance while providing volunteer service
Ability to serve 20 hours per week, 55 years of age or older, monthly income of $2,010 per month or less for a single person household or $2,706 per month or less for a two-person household.
Training and Support
- Orientation training is provided to all volunteers prior to beginning service
- Volunteers also receive monthly in-service trainings