Senior Companion Volunteers win Governors Award for Service

Hundreds of people gathered in the Dover Downs ballroom to pay tribute to the many volunteers who dedicate their lives in service of others. On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, First State's Senior Companion Program was excited to be among the honorees recognized for their service in Delaware. With heartfelt expressions of thanks, Governor Carney greeted and took photos with the companions as they held their appreciation plaque in hand and smiled for cameras. "We don't do what we do for recognition," said senior companion Angeline Smith, "but it surely feels nice to be acknowledged for it." Senior Companions, ages 55 and up, provide assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks such as shopping or paying bills. The Companions, all volunteers, helps these adults remain independent in their home and in their community instead of having to move to more costly institutional care. They provide personal and social care, nutrition, home management, advocacy, respite for family members, and transportation for clients statewide. Last year, 67 companion volunteers served 138 clients and volunteered more than 75,000 hours, saving Delawareans $1.7 million for in-home, non-medical care fees. As a result, more than 90% of clients reported improvements in their quality of life, increased social ties and social support by way of their senior companions. Congratulations to First State’s Senior Companion Program Volunteers for receiving this 2018 Governor’s Outstanding Service Award! We thank you and commend you for your caring and compassionate service to elderly and disabled citizens!

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