Sunday, January 15, 2006

Senior Companion Program (SCP)

The Senior Companion Program (SCP) is a volunteer program under the auspices of ACTION. It was established in 1974 to link the low-income elderly with adults who have special needs.
Volunteers are all low-income individuals over age 60. They serve approximately 20 hours a week and receive a tax-free stipend funded through a grant from ACTION. Funding is also obtained through the private sector. Senior Companions also receive transportation assistance, meals on service days, annual physical examinations, accident and personal liability insurance, and special recognition at annual events. Senior Companions serve through a variety of local and state organizations, agencies, and institutions. Approximately 80 percent are assigned to the chronically homebound, a program that was established in 1986 as a three-year demonstration program and is still active, emphasizing services to the terminally ill, homebound people dwelling alone, respite care, and assistance to the mentally ill. The 1986 change was noteworthy because it marked the first time Congress specifically authorized SCP funds for the homebound.
See also ACTION.
For additional information write or call:
Senior Companion Program
c/o ACTION
806 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20525
(202) 606-4851

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