The Senior Companion Program matches trained older volunteers with frail elderly persons who need help with meal preparation, household management, shopping, and other activities of daily living.
Senior Companion Program Stories
Mrs. R, a Senior Companion who is a retired LPN, assisted a client, Ms. W, who had multiple sclerosis and had no family in the community. Although Mrs. R was not able to do anything medical to assist her, she was able to understand Ms. W’s needs, provide support, assist with some personal care, and do some things around the house that Ms. W could no longer do.
Mrs. R and Ms. W formed a very close bond, and Mrs. R was there when Ms. W passed away. Ms. W wrote a letter to Mrs. R before she died, saying how much she had appreciated having her, and that Mrs. R had “helped me keep my dignity rather than feeling I was less of a person because I couldn’t take care of myself.”
Support for family caregivers
Ms. L was responsible for the round-the-clock care of her mother, who had Alzheimer’s Disease. Under normal circumstances, she would also be spending a lot of time with her eight-year-old daughter when the child was home from school. Ms. L was very stressed from the demands of being a full-time daughter and a full-time mother. A couple of months before Christmas, a Senior Companion was assigned to spend time with–and be a friend to–Ms. L’s mother.
Having a Senior Companion with her mother gives Ms. L a break from constant caregiving and more time to spend with her daughter. The Senior Companion and Ms. L’s mother enjoy spending time together. Just before Christmas, Ms. L was excited about going with her daughter on a school field trip–the first time in a long time that she has had the chance to do anything like that. Ms. L remarked not long ago “the Senior Companion Program saved my life.”
Phone: (865) 524-2786
P.O. Box 51650
Knoxville, TN 37950-1650
2247 Western Avenue