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Senior Companion

If you are an older adult who enjoys helping and spending time with others, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging’s Senior Companion program can provide you the opportunity to offer your companionship and assistance to other older adults who may be lonely and isolated. As a Senior Companion, you will assist your peers with small tasks, provide a listening ear and share in friendly conversation.

You will also help your peers with:

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

To become a Senior Companion, you must:

  • Be 55 years of age or over
  • Be in physical condition that will allow you to take part in Senior Companion tasks without risk to your health
  • Live in the Greater Cleveland area
  • Be able to pass a background screening
  • Be able to volunteer a minimum of 15 hours a week, Monday through Friday
  • Be open to serving in adult day care centers, senior centers and senior housing complexes

As a Senior Companion volunteer, you may also be eligible for a stipend, reimbursement for transportation and meals, on-duty insurance and an annual physical exam if your income is within the program’s guidelines. We provide training and mentoring to assist you in taking on your role as a Senior Companion. We also provide training in recognizing the signs of elder abuse, self-neglect and exploitation in order to help you contribute to your companion’s overall safety.

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.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the program, download an enrollment application or 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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