LifeWise STL is the sponsor agency for the Senior Companion Program in the St. Louis region. This program is part of the Senior Corps, a United States government agency under the authority of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Its mission is to provide aid to senior citizens in communities while promoting a sense of community.
The Senior Companion Program provides individuals age 55 years or older, who meet set program guidelines, with meaningful volunteer opportunities in their community. Through home and community visits, Senior Companion volunteers help isolated and frail older adults maintain the highest possible level of independent living. Companions can provide short periods of relief (respite) to family caregivers, enabling them to take a break or run errands. This program keeps many older adults out of institutions and in touch with their community.
Senior Companion volunteers receive a non-taxable hourly stipend and mileage reimbursement, which enables them to volunteer at no out-of-pocket expense. After a thorough background check, volunteers receive 20 hours of training prior to their first assignment and additional training monthly. Medical or technical skills are not required.
The focus of our program is the volunteer, as they provide service to clients in the community. Clients can be of any socioeconomic background. There is no cost to receive this service, although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. The program is funded through grants and donations.
The program is designed to be a positive experience for both volunteers and clients.