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Senior Companion Workers

  • Time Commitment: Arranged between the client family and worker.
  • The client family requiring a companion will evaluate the companion.
  • Responsibility: Determined by the client family but may include: preparing meals, accompanying to appointments, shopping, lite cleaning, laundry,
  • Qualifications: Experience working with Seniors preferred.
  • Fluency in a second language may be preferred.
  • Excellent references. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • The champion should have the ability to handle physical demands, such as lifting or providing support to the client.
  • Standing, walking, and bending, for extended periods.
  • Outgoing, sociable, and willing to take the initiative.
  • Compassionate, trustworthy, patient, and reliable.
  • Champions shall also be caring and have a compassionate approach to working with clients.
  • First aid. CPR or nursing training may be a plus.
  • Willingness to follow directions and adhere to all company policies, safety procedures, and dietary, exercise, and medication plans.
  • Must be willing to submit to Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Reference Check, Child Abuse Registry Check required
  • Completion of Training required. Clean Driving record and a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.

Hair Stylist 

Willing to provide in-home hair care services to people with disabilities or seniors or those with temporary needs. 

Dog Walkers / Groomers

Willing to provide in home grooming services.

Handy Men and Contractors 

Able to  to perform home modifications as required by the client.

Opportunities for workers over the age of 55.

JOB SUMMARY: To provide regularly scheduled supportive services to frail elderly or disabled adults who need assistance with instrumental activities of daily living in order to maintain their highest degree of independent living. In addition, for the Senior Companion.

RESPONSIBLE TO: As a Senior Companion you are responsible and report to the Senior Companion Program Coordinator.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The following are the essential job functions for this position. The client service plan activities are provided in the client’s home or in the client’s community. There are Senior Companion services also provided in adult day centers and hospices. 

CLIENT SERVICE PLAN ACTIVITIES: The primary role of the Senior Companion is that of companionship. There are certain tasks that are considered appropriate for a Senior Companion to do for their clients. A list of specific tasks will be written on the service plan based on the needs of the individual client. Appropriate tasks are as follows: Social and Recreation: 1. Companionship, talking and listening, life review and reminiscing. 2. Encourage client to maintain relationships and communication with family, friends, and other community interests. 3. Accompany to social or recreation events. 4. Assist in reality orientation and awareness. 5. Play games or cards, assist with hobbies, share handwork and crafts or other activities of special interest to the client. 6. Go out to lunch, go shopping. 7. Write letters, read, assist with phone calls. Personal Care: 1. Encourage and assist with grooming, hair care, shaving, make-up. 2. Assist with choosing clean clothing and with dressing. 3. Be present while client bathes. (Staff will evaluate client's ability to bathe independently. Companion will not bathe the client.) 4. Be present and encourage self-administered exercises. 5. Be present to encourage and observe walking or getting to the bathroom. 6. Remind of time to take medication. (Client must make own decision to take medication. Companion will not give medications or fill pill boxes.) 7. Observe client's handling of medication. Report immediately to office staff the client's inability to self-administer medications. 8. Accompany to doctor or nurse for treatment.

Nutrition: 1. Assist in meal planning and preparation. 2. Share a meal (When shared in client's home Companion will bring his/her own lunch.) 3. Encourage client to eat a regular, well-balanced diet with adequate fluids. 4. Review and observe adherence to special diets with client; report irregularities or observations to station staff. 5. Assist with grocery shopping. 6. Assist in organizing food supplies and planning use of leftovers. Home Management: 1. Assist with light housekeeping (Make bed, do dishes, dust, sweep, take out trash. Laundry may be done when determined as appropriate by station staff.) 2. Accompany and assist with errands and shopping. 3. Assist with money management, bill paying, filling out forms. 4. Read mail and newspapers. 5. Assist with non-strenuous home repair (change a light bulb, replace a nail) 6. Mend clothing. 7. Assist with light gardening. Respite Care: Assisting homebound clients served by caregivers who are in need of respite care to prevent a breakdown in household capability. Information & Client Advocacy: 1. Provide information about community services and eligibility for services. 2. Helping clients receive a needed service (food stamps, visiting nurse, Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, etc.) 3. Bringing unmet needs to the attention of office leaders, volunteer station staff, and other care providers. 4. Assure client has phone numbers to obtain emergency help.