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Area Volunteer Companions Seeking Clients

 

March 21, 2018 | View PDF



Seniors (60 years of age and older) who are homebound, lonely, isolated or disabled but able to live independently in their own homes with the support of one-on-one companionship can now receive help from McKenzie County Volunteer Companions.

McKenzie County Volunteer Companions are area pre-screened (background and reference checks) and trained volunteers with a variety of interests and experiences committed to enriching the lives of older area adults.

Volunteer Companions are available to assist clients with light, non-medical tasks based on their comfort level. Companions are active listeners and they can assist clients with crafts and handiwork, reading or writing letters, errands or they can play a card game. They can help with hair care and accompany clients to appointments or to recreational events. They can sort mail, plan and share meals and assist with grocery shopping and much more. Seniors must be actively involved to the greatest extent possible with their Volunteer Companion in activities that encourage independent living. Visits are regularly scheduled and ongoing.

The Volunteer Companion Program is administered through Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and services provided are free of charge.

The McKenzie County Volunteer Station is the NDSU Extension Service in McKenzie County. Please contact Extension Agent Marcia Hellandsaas at 701-444-3451 or email marcia.hellandsaas@ndsu.edu for more information.

 

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