Senior Companion volunteers relieve caregivers, preserve independence

Lutheran Community Services is offering an opportunity locally to join thousands of other 55-and-up seniors across the United States in helping to control the rising costs of healthcare by becoming a senior companion.
Julie Kerrigan, director of LCS’ Senior Companion program, said volunteers help frail or disabled seniors stay in their own home and maintain their independence. By giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, running errands, providing transportation or simply being a friend, volunteers can make a difference that strengthens and preserves an individual’s independence, she explained.
The violunteers serve 15 to 40 hours per week and earn a tax-free, hourly stipend. They receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where ythey serve, and supplemental accident and liability insurance while on duty.
Volunteers must be 55 or older, commit to at least 15 hours a week, and low-income ($1,915 a month for a one-person household or $2,585 a month for a two-person household).
Additional information is available from Kerrigan at 253-722-5686 and