Senior Companions are volunteers age 55 and over who make a difference by providing assistance and friendship to adults with special needs. Senior Companions help these adults remain independent in their homes instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. Senior Companions give families or professional caregivers a much needed time off from their duties, run errands, and often provide friendship for their clients.
Senior Companions offer adults with special needs contact with the world outside of their homes, making their lives less isolated. Along the way, Senior Companions find out that few things feel as good as knowing they are needed.
Senior Companion Volunteers have a regularly, weekly day schedule with each client. Among other activities, they provide friendship and companionship; assist with running basic errands; accompany clients to social activities; alert doctor and family members to potential problems, and provide respite to family caregivers.
Volunteers must be 55 years of age or over. Those who meet certain income guidelines receive a small stipend. All SCP volunteers receive accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty, reimbursement for transportation, and monthly training.
The City of San Bernardino SCP Volunteers serve in the areas of San Bernardino, Highland, Rialto, Colton, Grand Terrace, Fontana, Loma Linda, Redlands, and Mentone.
Senior Companions are a vital resource to their communities. Become a Senior Companion today. This is a friendship that can last a lifetime!
How can you be someone's Senior Companion?
- 55 years of age and older
- Volunteer a minimum of 15 hours per week
- Pass clearance to work with older adults by a DOJ/FBI LiveScan and the National Sex Offender Public Website
- Current California Driver License, own your own vehicle and provide proof of current auto insurance
- Physician clearance
- Live within the designated service area
- People Skills
- Relationship Building
- Verbal / Written Communication
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Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 55
- Orientation or Training
- Up to 200% FPL; reliable transportation; physical exam; and when required a -PPD