Special to The Hays Daily News
Ellis and Rush County Senior Companions met for the monthly inservice meeting at Sternberg Museum. Six volunteers who provide services to the frail elderly were recognized for their service with the program.
La Crosse Senior Companion, Karen Jackson, who was recognized for two years, serves individuals in La Crosse through Rush County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care. Hays volunteers Betty Pinney, two years; Arlene Wittman, four years; Marlaine Gottschalk, seven years; Virjean Reeh, two years; and Mary Ann Gebert, seven years, serve individuals in Hays.
Senior Companions, 55 years of age and older, volunteer their time to help others. They can assist with light chores, run errands, assist with transportation to appointments, provide respite care for family caregivers, make wellness checks, monitor medication and provide daily companionship and support. There is no cost to the clients or families for the services provided.
For their service, Senior Companions are provided benefits which include a tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, accident and liability insurance, paid orientation, monthly training, sick leave, vacation, holidays and recognition.
The Senior Companion Program is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and primarily funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service, Washington. Ellis County provides support to the program.
For more information, call FHSU at 785-628-5809.