Senior Companion Program

The purpose of the Senior Companion Program is to help senior adults. It provides stipended volunteer community service opportunities for low-income people age 55 and older. These volunteers in turn provide support services to older persons who have unmet physical, mental, or social needs.

The Senior Companion Program is not a Personal Support Service Agency, but rather a volunteer program that allows seniors to build meaningful relationships with one another.

Senior Companions serve the homebound elderly who need daily attention and assistance with small tasks such as preparing meals, visiting the doctor, or shopping. They provide friendship and support and enable those they serve to maintain their independence and improve the quality of their later years.

The Senior Companion Program has been administered by the Knoxville-Knox County Office on Aging since 1988. Funding comes from the Corporation for National and Community Service, as well as from Knoxville and Knox County. Community donations and sponsorships make it possible to serve additional homebound seniors in our community and are deductible to the extent allowed by the IRS.

Senior Companions

  • Are in good physical and mental health
  • Are able to serve 20 to 40 hours a week
  • Are capable of performing the required duties
  • Can pass a background check

Senior Companion’s Duties

  • Personal care
  • Assistance with meal preparation
  • Social interaction
  • Light Housekeeping
  • Recreational activities
  • Respite for caregivers

Senior Companion’s Benefits

  • Hourly stipend of $2.65
  • Flexible leave time
  • Initial and ongoing training
  • Liability insurance while on assignment
  • Transportation reimbursement
  • Satisfaction in feeling useful again
  • Knowing you are needed by someone who depends on you.

What training is needed?

All Senior Companions participate in 60 hours of paid preservice orientation. In addition, they attend monthly in-service programs.