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Senior volunteers honored for service to elderly
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Juanita Lumpkins

Juanita Lumpkins of Great Bend was honored for ten years of service as a Senior Companion at the in-service meeting on May 21, in Great Bend. Lumpkins provides daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.  
Senior Companions are volunteers, 55 years of age and older, who help their clients with daily needs such as paying bills, buying groceries, and helping with light household chores. They may remind persons to take their medication or transport them to appointments. They provide a watchful eye to see if more care is needed to allow their clients to remain living in their own homes independently and with dignity. Senior Companions also provide respite care for family caregivers. There is no cost to the client or families for the services provided.
The Companions receive benefits which include a tax-free stipend of $2.65/hour, a travel allowance, training, accident and liability insurance and recognition. They are insured with accident and liability insurance while serving.  
The Senior Companion Program is sponsored by Fort Hays State University and funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service, Washington, DC.  Senior Companions serve in Barton, Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Trego, Ford, Gove, Graham, Phillips, Hodgeman, Ness, Logan and Pawnee counties.  For information about the Senior Companion Program, call 785-628-5809.