Senior Companions attend 40 hours of paid training to learn about the program over two weeks. Each month companions attend a four hour in-service each month. They also attend special events to gain information helpful to their assignments.
Companions receive training in a variety of areas.
Heart Disease, Diabetes, Exercise, Nutrition, Mental Health, Alzheimer’s, Hospice, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging, Visiting Nurses, Iowa Commission for the Blind, and more.
Social Security, County Extension Services, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Bank Services, Operation Threshold, Family Management, and more.
Senior Companion program policies, acceptable/unacceptable tasks, appropriate companion behavior/responsibilities, appropriate client behavior/responsibilities, and more.