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Senior Companion Program (SCP)

Our Senior Companion Program (SCP) connects independent older adults with peers whose independence has been compromised. If you are blessed with the health, mental acuity, and the support system necessary to remain independent later in life, you can become a Senior Companion to pay that blessing forward by helping other seniors in Blair County stay independent too.

Senior Companions help people whose independence is compromised stay in their own homes by providing friendship, emotional support, and care to supplement that provided by family or professional caregivers. Ultimately, Senior Companions use kindness and compassion to make a difference that strengthens and helps preserve an individual’s independence and quality of life.

FGP/SCP Brochure


SCP Volunteers:

  • Must be willing to serve within Blair County
  • Must be 55 years of age or older
  • Must have income that does not exceed 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
  • Must commit to a minimum assignment schedule of 5 service hours per week.
  • Must be willing to provide support service for the special needs of older adults
  • Will receive in-home assignments

SCP Volunteer Benefits:

  • An opportunity to use your experience and skills
  • The chance to learn something new every day
  • Supplemental accident and liability insurance
  • Tax-exempt stipend
  • Ongoing training throughout the service year
  • Holiday & Paid Time Off
  • Annual fellowship and recognition events
  • Transportation Assistance (certain restrictions may apply)

Become a SCP volunteer today by contacting our SCP Coordinator:

Blair County SCP
1320 12th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
(814) 946-1235
(800) 245-3282

Senior Companion Program at Blair Senior Services, Inc

Blair Senior Services, Inc.’s Senior Companion Program volunteers help make a difference by providing friendship and assistance to adults with their daily living tasks enabling the person to remain independent in their own home. Drinking a cup of coffee together, talking about their day or remembering yesterday, playing a board game, watching a favorite television program, or taking a walk, being a Senior Companion is a great way to assist our older adults. For more information on participating in the Senior Companion Program, call (814) 946-1235.

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​Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Aging today announced that older adults who will soon be turning 65 and are not yet enrolled in Medicare can attend a free virtual event to learn about their healthcare coverage options when enrolling for Medicare.


The "Welcome to Medicare" event on June 23, open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., will feature national presentations from the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs on Medicare eligibility, enrollment and coverage options. Representatives will be available to answer questions and assist older adults with information to enable them to make choices on Medicare coverage that best meets their needs and lowers their costs.


In Pennsylvania, this program is known as APPRISE. Throughout the national presentation, staff from APPRISE will host an exhibit for Pennsylvania and will respond to Medicare questions and provide information about the program. The Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly (CARIE) – Pennsylvania's Senior Medicare Patrol – also will join APPRISE to discuss Medicare fraud prevention.


"We encourage anyone who is turning 65 soon to join our Virtual Welcome to Medicare Fair. Pennsylvania's Medicare Counseling Program is here to help older adults learn about signing up and navigating the complexities of Medicare, avoiding late enrollment penalties, and preventing fraud," said Susan Neff, APPRISE director. "We also invite those who attend to visit the Pennsylvania-specific virtual exhibit at any time during the event. The APPRISE and CARIE staff look forward to chatting with seniors about their Medicare enrollment concerns."


Older adults can register for this event here


The APPRISE Program has nearly 800 trained counselors in the commonwealth who provide free, confidential, objective, and easy-to-understand information about original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, prescription drug plans, and Medicare Supplement plans, and allows Medicare beneficiaries to compare plans and determine what best meets their needs and save them money.

To learn more about the APPRISE Program or becoming a volunteer, click here or call the APPRISE Helpline at 1-800-783-7067 .



Department Of Aging: June 23 Medicare Event Welcomes Future Beneficiaries With Information On Eligibility, Coverage Options