Senior Companions 2016/17

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Dorothy Sahn, Escanaba, received the Community Action Agency Senior Companion Volunteer of the Year award Monday at the annual recognition banquet at the Island Resort in Bark River. Dorothy has served with the program for 16 years. The award is named in honor of the deceased Community Action Agency Governing Board member Gil Sablack, Manistique. Gil was a strong advocate of the Senior Companion Program. From left, Senior Companion Director Connie Maule, Dorothy, Gil Sablack’s widow Rosemary and Senior Companion Supervisor Linda Paulin.
Senior Companion volunteers provide companionship and assistance to frail elderly, mental health clients, assisted living home residents, nursing home residents, foster care residents and adult day centers.
Senior Companion's efforts are aimed at helping others live as fully and independently as possible. They are focused on easing the loneliness by visiting and talking about old times or playing a game of cards...just everyday living things that a senior might need some help with...just being a friend. Senior Companion volunteers add richness to the lives of their clients, while providing access to the community, including grocery shopping, transportation to medical appointments and opportunities for socialization. In addition to improving the lives of their clients, Senior Companions find their lives enriched through service to others.
Senior Companions are 55 years of age and above. Senior Companions volunteer provide 15-20 hours a week of companionship to the elderly. Prior to receiving their assignments, companions receive 40 hours of training and attend regular, monthly in-service training.
Companions are paid a non-taxable stipend and transportation reimbursement.
They receive an annual physical, a meal each workday and insurance coverage.
Volunteers are also honored at an Annual Recognition Banquet.
At A Glance
49 Senior Companions served throughout the year
45,115 hours of volunteer service provided to residents
644 frail elderly served by Senior Companions