The Companion Program serves a dual purpose: to provide workers who can assist older adults by providing companionship and light homemaker services, and to provide employment to older workers who would like to offer their time and life experience.
Resources for Seniors trains individuals age 50 and up through a two-week course that includes both class time and a brief internship. Only those who satisfactorily complete the course are listed on the Companion Registry.
Some of the topics covered in the course are CPR, first aid, home safety, the difference between dementia and confusion, and other related subjects. Companions have NOT been trained to provide hands-on personal care that a nurse or certified nursing assistant (CNA) can provide, such as bathing or giving medication.
If personal care assistance is needed, it is up to the family, the senior adult, and the companion to clarify what tasks will be performed.
Although we have listed those individuals who have completed our Companion training program, they are not employees or agents of Resources for Seniors. Our agency is in no way responsible for any acts or omissions by the companion during his/her period of employment with you or while he/she is in your home.
If you want more information or if you would like to receive training and be listed on the Registry, call us at 919-872-7933 or email us.
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