"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
Senior Friends is an innovative visitation program for adults over the age of 60 who are isolated and in need of regular interaction. The program was designed to meet the basic human need for friendship. The barriers of failing health, lack of mobility and a diminishing number of peers make meeting others and maintaining relationships increasingly difficult for some older adults.
Each week, a Senior Friends' visitor meets with the senior to provide companionship and enhance socialization and community involvement. Visitors in the program quickly form bonds with seniors through a variety of shared activities such as playing chess, working on puzzles, bowling, going to the museum, shopping, walking in the park, attending doctor's appointments or going for ice cream.
WHERE DO SENIOR FRIENDS MEET?
Senior Friends' visitors meet with older adults in their homes. Easter Seals is committed to meeting the needs of older adults by expanding services; however, currently the program is not available in all counties and there may be a waiting list of residents eager to join the program.
WHAT CAN SENIOR FRIENDS DO TO HELP ISOLATED OLDER ADULTS?
HOW CAN YOU BECOME A SENIOR FRIENDS' VISITOR?
We are always looking for caring and enthusiastic Senior Visitors. Anyone ages 18 and over who is interested in making a positive impact and improving the lives of others is encouraged to be a part of this valuable program. Please call the Akron office at 1.800.589.6834 for an application and for additional program and training information.
BENEFITS OF BEING A SENIOR FRIENDS VISITOR:
HOW IS SENIOR FRIENDS FUNDED?
Funding is generated through contracts with the Area Agency on Aging 10B, Wayne County Department of Job and Family Services, self pay and through private contributions.
WHAT IS THE COST?
Specific program fees are available by calling the Easter Seals Northern Ohio office in your area. A sliding fee scale is available for families who financially qualify. Easter Seals serves all seniors in need, regardless of their ability to pay.
Persons interested in receiving a visitor or becoming a visitor with Senior Friends should call Easter Seals Northern Ohio's Akron office at 330.836.9741 or 800.589.6834.