The Craig, Ottawa and Rogers County Health Departments’ Senior Companions Program, known for offering free assistance to area seniors with light house work, running errands and companionship, has suspended face-to-face operations for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our program has been shut down, like other home based services,” said Senior Comanions Project Director Janea Hogan. “It is not by choice.”

While volunteers are not providing services to face to face, they are still calling and providing emotional support.

“For a population that is already isolated this is very devastating,” Hogan said. “Caregivers are not getting much needed breaks from situations that can get tense and stressful.”

The Senior Companions Program staff has offered to pick up and deliver groceries and medication for clients and volunteers.

“We are sad but hopeful,” Hogan said.

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