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Senior Companion Program

Senior Companions are healthy older adults who help homebound or isolated fellow seniors live independently. Services include friendly visiting, shopping assistance, escort to a doctor’s appointment or other community activity, help with obtaining services such as access-a-ride and meals on wheels, and most importantly, friendship and companionship.

Sponsored by Henry Street Settlement and funded through the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Senior Companion Program is available in all of New York City’s five boroughs.

Senior Companions:

  • Are at least 55 years old
  • Can use mass transit
  • Volunteer between 5 and 40 hours weekly
  • May qualify for a tax-free stipend and paid time off
  • Receive transportation reimbursement
  • Are covered by accident and liability insurance while in the field
  • Participate in training sessions tailored to the needs and interests of older adults

Senior Companion services include:

  • Companionship
  • Regularly scheduled friendly visiting
  • Light errands
  • Meal planning
  • Medication reminders
  • Caregiver respite
  • Medical escort

Click here to see Senior Companions featured in The NYCHA Journal »

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