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Senior Services

Helping Hands in the Community

A volunteer-based community outreach program designed to assist aging adults in their homes by providing help with non-medical tasks. Recipients must be registered in the program, sixty (60) years of age or older and reside in Camden County. Volunteers can be of any age. A sense of compassion and a desire to help by donating a few hours weekly or monthly is the only criteria needed to qualify as a Helping Hands volunteer. For more information, please call 856-757-3738.

Senior Companion Program

This program offers volunteer opportunities to low income individuals aged sixty (60) and older. The service they provide helps other live independently in their homes instead of moving to expensive institutional care. Companions are given a forty (40) hours orientation/training. They also receive a non-taxable stipend of $2.65 per hour, transportation reimbursement, on-duty accident and liability insurance protection and an annual physical examination. The Senior Companion Program averages about eighty-five (85) volunteers. The volunteers serve the following counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester and Mercer. For more information, please call 856-757-3738.

Foster Grandparent Program

This program provides young and old the chance to grow together. Foster Grandparents volunteer in schools, hospitals, drug treatment centers, correctional institutions, Head Start and day care centers. They help children who have been neglected, mentor troubled teenagers and young mothers, and care for pre-mature infants and children with physical disabilities. Benefits include a stipend of $2.65 per hour, transportation reimbursement, on-duty accident and liability insurance protection and an annual physical. The Foster Grandparent Program averages about eighty (80) volunteers. The volunteers service the following counties: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem. For more information, please call 856-757-3738.

Each year the Senior Services Department hosts a luncheon for its volunteers. The luncheon is given to show appreciation to our volunteers for all they do.

Senior Dining Program

Sometimes seniors find that meal planning and cooking for themselves isn’t always easy. The Senior Dining Program at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County offers an alternative: discounts on already inexpensive meals planned by professional dietitians served in the cheerful environment of the hospital’s cafeteria.

The cafeteria features a variety of dining options. Breakfast includes a variety of hot, cooked selections, hot and cold cereals, pastries, bagels, fresh fruit and more. Lunch and dinner features the choice of several hot entrées and side dishes, pizza, made-to-order sandwiches, grilled selections, soups, a salad bar, desserts (including low-fat selections) and a variety of hot and cold beverages. Snack foods and beverages are available throughout the day.

Program Benefits:
Membership in the program is one time charge of $5.00 per person and is open to anyone 55 and older.

Benefits include:

  • A discount of 20 percent off all meals in the cafeteria (the average entrée is about $4).
  • FREE periodic lectures and health screenings.
  • FREE subscription to HealthTalk, the Lourdes Health System quarterly newsletter and e-HealthTalk (monthly online newsletter)

Please note that discounts are limited to the member only and are not extended to family members or guests. Additional cards can be requested for those family members or friends who are 55 or older.

Staff
  • Rose Richardson, Director Senior Services
  • Marianne Comeau, Community Liaison, Senior Companion Program
  • Adria Cruz, Community Liaison, Foster Grandparent Program
  • Nancy Topf, Community Liaison, Helping Hands Program
  • Cynthia Albarracin, Administrative Assistant, Senior Services

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