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Senior Companion Program looking for seniors and caregivers


The Senior Companion Program, which pairs healthy, active people 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently, is looking for participants in Metro East.

Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons sponsors the program.

“The companions provide supportive, individualized services to help clients maintain their dignity and independence,” said Carla Boswell, director of the Senior Companion Program at PSOP. “The goal is to foster their independence and keep them in their own homes. The program also serves as a support system for caregivers of homebound seniors.”

Senior Companions provide companionship and assistance to their peers who are homebound or may be socially isolated. They visit one or more days per week for four hours per day and can assist with daily tasks, provide transportation, and give support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers.

If you would like to be matched with a Senior Companion or learn more about the program, contact Charla Morton in St. Clair County at (618) 234-4410, ext. 7095; Deirdre Evans in the East St. Louis area at (618) 874-6584; Elaine Roustio in Madison County at (618) 797-7369; or Deena Duvall in Monroe or Randolph counties at (618) 282-6682, ext. 8135.

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