Georgia Southern University

Senior Companion Program

Senior Companion Program at Georgia Southern University

  • Funder: Federal Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)

Our History 

The Georgia Southern University Senior Companion Program (SCP) began in the late 1980′s with a federal grant from CNCS. Some of the original companions are still with the program after all these years! Our volunteers have contributed nearly 40,000 hours of one-on-one care for frail adults in the last year. Since the beginning of the program, GSU Senior Companions have contributed over 1,000,000 hours!

The Georgia Southern University Senior Companion Program is sponsored by the Rural Health Research Institute as an outreach program.


About the Senior Companion Program

Senior Companions assist adults who need extra support to live independently in their own homes. They serve frail older adults, adults with disabilities, those with terminal illness and offer respite for care givers. Senior Companions care for adults in Bryan, Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, Effingham, Evans, Jenkins, Screven, and Tattnall counties.

Senior Companions are matched with clients according to needs, abilities, and distance. Senior Companions serve between 15-40 hours per week and earn tax-free hourly, meal, and mileage stipends. Senior Companions assist their adult clients in basic but essential ways which include:

  • Supervision for those who wander or are bed-bound
  • Offering companionship and friendship to isolated and frail adults
  • Assisting with simple chores to maintain living conditions
  • Limited transportation
  • Assisting with meals

Becoming a Senior Companion

If you’re 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, then you have what it takes to be a Senior Companion. Whether you’re giving families much needed time off, running errands, or simply being a friend, you’ll make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence. Senior Companions serve 15-40 hours per week and qualify to earn a tax-free hourly, meal, and mileage stipend that helps support them with items such as utility bills, medication, and transportation. As a Senior Companion, you’ll also attend an orientation and monthly trainings.


For more information, contact Deb Pless, SCP Program Coordinator, at (912) 478-0712 or debrapless@georgiasouthern.edu.

Rural Health Research Institute • P.O. Box 8028 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-7254 • rhri@georgiasouthern.edu