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Program seeks companions for Southwestern Illinois seniors in need

Senior Companion Program is looking for seniors and caregivers

The Senior Companion Program pairs healthy, active people 55 and older with other seniors who otherwise would not be able to live independently. Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons sponsors the program.

swicpsop“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.”

At no cost to the client, 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, as well as give support and a much-needed break to full-time caregivers. All Senior Companions must go through a background check and training before they are placed with a senior.

For more information regarding the Senior Companion Program, contact Deena Duvall in Monroe or Randolph counties at (618) 282-6682, ext. 8135; Deirdre Evans in the East St. Louis area at (618) 874-6584; Elaine Roustio in Madison County at (618) 797-7369; or Charla Morton in St. Clair County at(618) 234-4410, ext. 7095.

— From the Illinois Business Journal


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