Senior Companion Program

The Senior Companion Program focuses on providing ongoing companionship and support to seniors who may feel isolated or lonely. In addition, the program encourages them to remain connected to their communities.

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 You will forge new relationships with people in your community and make a significant difference in the lives of others.

Seniors in Service volunteers themselves report better health and longevity having served their community

A description of the Senior Companion position follows:

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Senior Companion - Position Description


Here in South Shore Senior Companions help people in homes or remotely (telephone or Zoom). 

Location:  In person in the client's home or by telephone. your choice.

Purpose and Duties:
Provide ongoing companionship and support to seniors who may feel isolated or lonely. In addition, provide encouragement to help them remain connected to their community.

Responsibilities and Duties:
Remote:
Communicate to seniors in the community promoting socialization through telephone reassurance.

In-person:
Accompany clients to social activities and medical appointments (does not include transporting client).
Assist with activities of daily living and simple chores (excluding personal or medical care).
Encourage clients to stay active and connected.
Comply with Confidentiality Agreement to protect both parties.
Adhere to program policies and procedures.

Qualifications:
Reside in Hillsborough County.
Pass a Level II Background Check.
Ability to listen and provide companionship
Patience, compassion, and dedication
Access to a working phone

Commitment Expected:
Volunteers are expected to serve at least 15 hours per week.

Training:
Initially, you will receive a 2-hour virtual training that will prepare you to serve as a telephone reassurance volunteer.

Eventually, as you move into an in-person role, you will be registered for 20-hour Pre-Service Orientation. Upon completion of the 20-hour Pre-Service Orientation, volunteers are required to complete a 20-hour shadowing training with an experienced volunteer.

Mandatory subsequent training will be provided every month.

NEXT STEP:
If you would like to become a Senior Companion or receive more information about it, complete and submit your contact information in the form below.  Someone from the Senior Companion  program at Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay will contact you within the next business day. 

The code for this page is SCP.

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