Judy McKibben, of Rolla, was named Senior Companion of the Month for December at the Senior Companions’ monthly in-service held at the Presbyterian Manor.
As a Senior Companion, McKibben visits several area residents in their homes each week to help them with basic household tasks and to provide companionship and to assist with transportation to doctors’ appointments and errands.
McKibben is originally from the St. Louis area and worked in the medical field before she became a Senior Companion. She is a mother and grandmother, and she enjoys sewing, crocheting and cooking.
She says that what she enjoys most about being a Senior Companion is being with different seniors and learning how they appreciate the things taken for granted. She says that every day she learns something while being with them.
As the Senior Companion of the Month, McKibben received a floral arrangement and the recognition of her fellow Senior Companions.
There are more than 70 senior citizen volunteers serving as Senior Companions all over Phelps County in private homes, residential care facilities and skilled nursing facilities.
Sponsored by the Phelps County Commission, the Corporation for National and Community Service, as well as several local groups and individuals, Senior Companions’ greatest work is to help their peers maintain the independence they have worked for all their lives.
If you know a Phelps County resident who might benefit from the services of a Senior Companion or would like to be a Senior Companion, contact 573-458-6180 for further information.