Thank you to our

generous community for making a difference!

Every contribution counts and goes right where it belongs at RMDC! Your giving makes a concrete difference in the lives of families and individuals in our community – in YOUR community. An investment in RMDC helps provide the assistance our community needs right here in south-central Montana.

SENIOR COMPANION

 

The Senior Companion Program brings together volunteers age 55 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple task of day-to-day living. The program's goal is to maintain the independence of homebound seniors and adults with special needs, allowing them to continue living in their own homes.

 

HOW DO WE HELP?

Volunteers serve one-on-one with frail older adults, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illness, and offer respite for caregivers. Volunteers spend about 4 hours, one day per week with each client. This program serves 11 counties including Beaverhead, Broadwater, Cascade, Deer Lodge, Gallatin, Jefferson, Lewis & Clark, Madison, Park, Powell, and Silverbow.

 

WHAT DOES A SENIOR COMPANION DO?

Senior Companions assist their adult clients in basic but essential ways. Most assist in the following ways:

  • Offering companionship and friendship to isolated and frail adults.
  • Providing transportation to medical appointments or to social activities and meals outside the home.
  • Helping with grocery and other shopping.
  • Assisting with simple chores like putting groceries away, preparing meals, helping with laundry, dusting, etc.
  • Reading or helping with mail, newspapers, or magazines.
  • Assisting in making phone arrangements.
  • Simply adding richness to their clients' lives.

 

 

WHO CAN BECOME A SENIOR COMPANION?

Volunteers must be 55 or older and be willing to volunteer 15-40 hours per week. They must have a drivers license or be willing to use public transportation. They must be sufficiently active and healthy to provide reliable assistance to another older adult. Volunteers must be committed to the programs' goals, professional ethics, vigorous participation and comfortable in accepting supervision. Above all, we encourage our volunteers to be creative, social, adaptable and compassionate about helping other people.

 

BENEFITS OF BECOMING A SENIOR COMPANION

Senior Companions make connections with other adults and know they are making significant contributions to their lives. In addition, they receive the following:

  • Income-eligible Senior Companions receive a modest, tax-free stipend to offset the cost of volunteering.
  • Reimbursement for transportation (Mileage if you drive, bus fare if you are not a driver).
  • Some meals during service.
  • An annual physical.
  • Accident and liability insurance while on duty.
  • Pre-service and monthly training sessions.

 

 

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Complete the application form located on the right hand side of this page and mail to:

 

Rocky Mountain Development Council / Senior Companion

PO Box 1717

Helena, MT 59601

Senior Companion Job Description

Senior Companion Annual Income

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200 SOUTH CRUSE AVENUE HELENA, MONTANA 59601

PHONE 406.447.1680

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648 Jackson Street

Helena, Montana 59601

 Phone 406.457.7368

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