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Senior Companion

If you serve an older adult aged 55 and older who is in need of companionship, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s Senior Companion Program may be right for them. Our program can connect your participants, clients or residents with a trained peer volunteer who can share a friendly conversation, offer companionship and minimize isolation. 

Senior Companion volunteers can help the older adult you serve with: 

  • Running occasional errands 
  • Staying engaged in enjoyable activities at home or in the local community 
  • Light meal preparation 

Prior to entering an older adult’s home, Senior Companion volunteers receive extensive training and education on: 

  • Responding to crises 
  • Communication protocols 
  • Recognizing the signs of elder abuse, self-neglect and exploitation 
  • Reporting potential abuse to Adult Protective Services  

Below is a list of residential facilities and organizations in the Greater Cleveland area where our trained Senior Companion volunteers are located.  

To receive a Senior Companion, the older adult you serve must be a current resident at: 

 

 Site Name  Site Liaison  Phone Number
Abington Arms Apartments Mary Stoudenmire (216) 791-6470
RH Myers Tamera Ellis (216) 831-6515
Stone Gardens Assisted Living Amy Kinstlinger (216)831-2881, ext 176

 

Or, to receive a Senior Companion, the older adult you serve must be receiving services from:

 

 Site Name  Site Liaison  Phone Number
Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Felicia Adams (216) 373-1751
City of Euclid: Euclid Senior Center Bob Payne (216) 289-2985
Ernest J. Bohn Rose Center for Aging Well Nicole Alexander (216) 373-1913
McGregor PACE (East)
McGregor PACE (West)
McGregor PACE at Langston Hughes Center
Karen Lisy (216) 202-1650
Paul W. Alandt Rose Center for Aging Well Ashlee  Williman (216) 373-1915
Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging Darlyne Redd (216) 586-3417

If you know an older adult over the age of 55 living in the Greater Cleveland area who would be interested in becoming a Senior Companion to help isolated older adults in the community, please visit our Volunteer page for more information.  

Become a Volunteer Station 

Volunteer stations are locations where our Senior Companion volunteers can provide supportive, individualized services to help older adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence. Senior Companions are not assigned to nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. However, if a participant currently matched with a Senior Companion is relocated to such a facility, the volunteer may continue to serve them during short-term stays in the facility, or assist with transitioning the participant over a 30-day period to help get them comfortable within long-term care. 

Examples of volunteer stations include the following: 

  • Home health care agencies 
  • Public health departments, including clinics 
  • Private non-profit or proprietary health agencies 
  • Public and private non-profit social services and mental health agencies and associations 
  • Rehabilitation associations and centers 
  • Senior centers and multi-purpose centers 

If your organization is interested in becoming a volunteer station, use the below contact information for Felicia Adams to schedule an introductory meeting. An annual station fee may apply. 

Volunteer Station Forms 

If you serve as a volunteer station to the Senior Companion Program, the forms located on the left of this page must be completed. Upon completion, fax to (216) 373-1814. Forms will not be accepted from individuals or organizations other than approved volunteer stations.  

Partners: 

The Senior Companion Program provides programming and volunteer orientation support in partnership with the City of Cleveland Department of Aging and Hospice of the Western Reserve. 

For more information about the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging Senior Companion Program, or to learn more about becoming a volunteer station, please contact Felicia Adams at (216) 373-1751. 

Leadership

Leadership

Felicia Adams, MPA

Senior Companion Administrator

Felicia Adams joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 2016 as the Senior Companion Program Administrator. In this role, she oversees t...

Felicia Adams joined Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in 2016 as the Senior Companion Program Administrator. In this role, she oversees the federally funded Senior Companion Program, which engages seniors in socialization to combat depression and isolation.

Adams has a passion for community engagement, children’s rights and reducing health disparities. She has more than a decade of experience in research, public health, program management and community health education.

Prior to joining the Eldercare Services Institute, LLC team at Benjamin Rose, Adams was Director of Administration and Communications for the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. She has also held positions with the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities, The Centers for Families and Children and University Hospitals. Adams discovered her passion for community engagement and public health while serving as Community Projects Manager for the Greater Cleveland Health Education and Service Council.

Adams graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She also earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on Law & Public Policy from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Additionally, she earned a certificate in volunteer management.

Adams volunteers regularly at her church, Church on the North Coast, and with the Our Lady of the Lake School Parent Teacher Organization

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