The Senior Companions at Programs and Services for Older Persons were honored recently with a recognition luncheon for their services. Senior Companions from Granite City are, seated, from left, Mary Webb, Wannada Hahn of Highland, Millie Votoupal and Gayle Cuppett; standing, Donne Bernheisel, Pat Hilligoss, Trisha Osborn, Josie Rodgers, Carol Schneedle and Field Coordinator Elaine Roustio. Sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College, the program trains companions to assist seniors and disabled people who are homebound or isolated because of illness or for physical reasons. As a Senior Companion, individuals 55 or older who meet income guidelines can help others while earning a tax-free stipend and other benefits.
GRANITE CITY — The Senior Companion Program is looking for seniors who want to give of their time to assist other seniors in their homes.
The Senior Companion Program provides assistance to those in need of companionship because of loneliness, illness or physical impairment. The program also offers respite for caregivers of these individuals. As a Senior Companion, individuals 55 or older, who meet income guidelines, can help others while earning a tax-free stipend and other benefits. A stipend of $2.65 per hour is given as reimbursement. Once again, this is not considered an income and is not taxed. Transportation to and from the client’s home, as well as $1.50/$3 for lunch, is reimbursed. Companions are asked to work a minimum of 20 hours a week by lending a helping hand, providing a word of encouragement, and a watchful eye.
For information, call Elaine at (618) 797-7369.