Grace Ankrom of Dodge City, was recognized for one year of service as a Senior Companion volunteer.

Ankrom serves individuals in private homes in Ford County. Senior Companions serve in Ford, Hodgeman, Rush and Ness counties in southwest Kansas.

These volunteers help to improve the quality of life for those who wish to age in place by assisting with light chores, running errands and transporting those they serve to appointments.

Companions may make wellness checks, monitor medication and provide daily companionship and support.

They also provide respite care for family caregivers. There is no cost to the clients or families for the services provided.

The Senior Companions are provided benefits which include a tax-free stipend, transportation allowance, accident and liability insurance, paid orientation, monthly training, sick leave, vacation, holidays and recognition.

The Program is part of Senior Corps an funded by the Corporation for National & Community Service, Washington, D.C.

Fort Hays State University has sponsored this program since 1974. Volunteers serve throughout a 13-county service area in western Kansas.

For information, call FHSU at 785-628-5809.