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Caregiver Companions
A friend for the journey

Caregivers need care too.

Caregiver Companions is a unique, one-on-one, FREE support program for  primary caregivers to a loved one with dementia.

Our goal is to connect caregivers to a dedicated companion who will provide a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, words of wisdom and encouragement, and perhaps even share lessons learned during their own personal caregiving experiences.

We are currently accepting participants for the program's pilot!!

Care Partner Criteria

  • Be a current primary care partner to a loved one with a form of dementia

  • Be willing to sit down for an in-person interview and then, if accepted into the program, attend an orientation

  • Be comfortable communicating with your Companion in person, via Zoom, by telephone, or by text and/or email.

  • Be willing to provide us with feedback about your experience in the Caregiver Companions program

 

Click HERE for a printable Care Partner application!

Companion Criteria

  • Be a willing and available supporter, listener, and encourager to a caregiver.

  • Have personal experience caring for a loved one. Experience with dementia is very helpful but not necessarily required.

  • Be willing to submit to a background check

  • Be willing to commit to a minimum of three months of companionship. The ideal commitment for a well-matched pair is to follow your partner through her/his entire dementia journey.

  • Be willing to sit down for an in-person interview and then, if accepted into the program, attend several hours of Companion orientation and training

  • Be comfortable communicating with your partner in person, via Zoom, by telephone call, and by text and/or email. (We can provide training on how to use Zoom!)

  • Be available for at least one 30-minute talk per week with your partner, and at least one in-person meeting per month

  • Be willing to provide us with feedback about your experience as a Companion

Click HERE for a printable Companion Application

Program Coordinator:

Margaret E. Long

margaret.dfsaline@gmail.com

804-380-1022

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