Senior Companion agencies provide an array of assistive, supportive companionship services to older adults age 60+ through volunteers age 55+.
How It Works
These services are available to Community Care Program participants in certain areas of the state (Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Will counties) who need companionship as part of their person-centered plan of care.
Participants pay no portion of the cost of companion services. The companion service is provided by volunteers age 55+ who are recruited, trained, managed and reimbursed by Senior Companion agencies.
The Senior Companion Program not only assists participants, it also provides economic and social benefits for the volunteers as well as respite for family caregivers.
Services may include, but are not limited to:
- providing companionship in social interactions
- peer counseling
- fostering contact with family and friends
- assisting with applications for public services
- addressing unmet needs with community leaders, CCU staff and other care providers