Senior Companions and Veteran Choose Home Program

Holding hands Senior Companions

Senior Companions touch the lives of adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes or communities.

They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illnesses, and offer respite care for caregivers.  They assist their clients in these basic ways:

  • Offering companionship and friendship to isolated and frail adults
  • Assisting with simple chores
  • Accompany clients to medical appointments
  • Adding richness to their clients’ lives

 

Veteran Choose Home Program

Senior Companions are folks 55 years and older who provide assistance and friendship to veterans who have difficulty with daily living tasks. The program aims to keep Veterans independent longer, and provide assistance to family caregivers.

Senior Companions can help clients on a short term or a continuing basis.

What Do Senior Companions Do? 

Senior Companions volunteer between 5 and 40 hours per week. Among other activities, they provide companionship to ease loneliness and social isolation.

Together with your Veteran, you decide on activities.

Examples:

**Take your Veteran shopping

**Accompany to doctor appointments

**Monitor medication

**Assist with walking & exercise

**Go out for meals

**Read/Write Letters & fill out forms

**Go to social events.

** Attend sporting events

The days and hours are set by the Senior Companion and the Veteran.

How Do I Qualify

Any veteran 21 to 59 years old with a medical need can have a Senior Companion. If you are a veteran 60 years or older, you can have a Senior Companion by just asking.  There are no income       guidelines or property limits. If a veteran has a need and there is a Senior Companion available, you will receive help.

All services are free to clients. All services are strictly confidential.

Companions Receive.

  • Tax free stipend.
  • Mileage and meal reimbursement at State rate.
  • Paid vacation, holidays and training.
  • Accident insurance
  • Recognition

 

Karen O’Dell

Senior Companion Program

Don Smies

Veteran Choose Home Program

Sidney: 1201 Holly St #6, Sidney, Montana 59270
(406) 433-4967 | 866-433-4967 | FAX (406) 433-4967

Glendive:  (406) 377-3564 | 800-551-3191 | FAX (406) 377-3570

AMERICAS POVERTY FIGHTING NETWORK