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Senior Companion

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.

In addition, older adults living in the Chicagoland area may be eligible for Senior Companion services even if they are not enrolled in the Community Care Program.   

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


Are you 55+ and interested in serving as a volunteer in this program? Senior Companion Services is a program of AmeriCorps Seniors. To find out how to become a volunteer, contact a Senior Companion agency in your area or visit the AmeriCorps website for volunteer opportunities.  


For more information or to locate a Senior Companion Services agency near you:

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