St. Landry

Jan 27, 2011 2:24 PM by Melissa Canone

Senior Companions huge asset to Opelousas General

Mary Roberts is the last of 85 Senior Companion volunteers to receive annual physicals by Opelousas General Health System.

Senior Companions are individuals who assist patients who are hospitalized, homebound, or in nursing homes by providing companionship. They must be 55 years of age or older, meet income requirements and pass a background check in order to qualify for this program. Once accepted, they receive a stipend from the government for their hours of volunteerism. In the homes, they perform light housework to assist clients and in the hospitals and in nursing homes they visit with the patients and help them according to instruction from clinical staff. These companions are assigned to clients by the Senior Companion Program which is part of St. Landry Parish, Community Action Agency.

Senior Companions are a huge asset to Opelousas General Health System and are very much appreciated.

Pictured is Brittany Laneaux, RN, Mary Roberts, Senior Companion, and Dr. Robert Colligan, ER physician.

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