Aging & Adult Services
2001 South State Street S1500
Salt Lake City, UT 84190-4575
385 468-3200

Companion Services

  • Companions assist the elderly and provide respite to caregivers

    The Senior Companion program provides an opportunity for limited income seniors to earn a small, tax-free stipend of $2.65 per hour while helping other seniors maintain their independence and providing respite to caregivers. They serve 20 hours per week and assist the elderly with light housekeeping, meal preparation, socialization, rides to doctor appointments, and other essential needs.

    The Senior Companion program is made possible by a federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and is sponsored by Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services.

    To participate as a Senior Companion volunteer you must:

    • Be at least 55 years of age or a caregiver of someone 60 or older
    • Have a monthly income of $1,800 or less for a single person and $2,425 or less per couple
    • Willing and able to serve 20 hours per week

    The reimbursement you receive ($2.65/hour) is NOT considered income by law, is non-taxable, and does not reduce other entitlement program benefits such as subsidized housing, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security or SSI.

    To receive help from a Senior Companion you must:

    • Be at least 60 years of age
    • Be in need of assistance in maintaining your independence or in need of respite for your caregiver

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteers serve 20 hours per week assisting frail and isolated seniors throughout Salt Lake County. Volunteers serve in the homes of clients needing assistance. Companions also provide respite care to families caring for a loved one at home.

    Benefits

    • $2.65 per hour stipend (not considered income and does not affect other entitlements such as subsidized housing, food stamps, Medicaid, etc.)
    • Mileage reimbursement for use of your vehicle or a free monthly bus pass
    • Free annual physical exam
    • Excess accident and auto insurance while providing volunteer service

    Volunteer Requirements

    Ability to serve 20 hours per week, 55 years of age or older, monthly income of $1,128 per month or less for a single person household or $1,518 per month or less for a two-person household.

    Training and Support

    • Orientation training is provided to all volunteers prior to beginning service
    • Volunteers also receive monthly in-service trainings

    Contact Person

    Program Assistant: Beverly O’Brien-Bell
    Telephone: 385.468.3259
    Email: bobreinbell@slco.org
    Address: Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services
    Senior Companion Program
    2001 S State St STE S1400
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4575

    Contact Information

    Program Assistant: Beverly O’Brien-Bell
    Telephone: 385.468.3259
    Email: bobreinbell@slco.org
    Address: Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services
    Senior Companion Program
    2001 S State St STE S1400
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4575