Home Care Companion

Agency Overview

A Helping Hand (AHH) was established as a nonprofit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1995. Completely independent, we are among the oldest and most experienced companion care agencies in the Triangle with over 20 years of dedicated service. Our nonprofit organization serves individuals 60+ years of age in Durham, Orange and northern Chatham counties. Most of our clients are over the age of 75. We also serve younger adults, 18-59, who may have a temporary or ongoing need for assistance because of an accident, illness, injury or disability.

We provide tailored, person-centered care. Our staff strives to match participants with compatible companions and find this effort creates a space for deep and meaningful connections. We build strong relationships with our companions – each support specialist is screened, trained and matched based the older adult’s needs and preferences. Combined with one of the most comprehensive training models in the industry, our companions are chosen based on a natural sensitivity to an older adult’s needs and continue to learn through supplemental trainings.

We aren’t a franchise. From early beginnings out of our founder’s home, A Helping Hand has proudly relied on community support to expand our services. In 1995, we served 21 participants. Today, we provide services to over 350 participants annually and anticipate serving many more. A Helping Hand now offers a full range of services with support from Canopy Home Care of Carol Woods. This means more older adults can maintain their independence, improve their safety, protect their dignity and benefit from social connection – all in the comfort of their own home.

Job Description: Companions provide a variety of non-medical services that allow seniors to remain in their homes. Services provided by companions improve the client’s quality of life, increase their physical and emotional wellbeing, reduce social isolation, improve access to health and human services and provide a much needed break for family caregivers.

These services include:

  •       Companionship
  •       Social engagement/conversation
  •       In-Home Assistance
  •       Light housekeeping/Home organization
  •       Meal preparation
  •       Errands/Escorted Transportation        
  •       Door through door transportation to medical appointments, grocery store, etc.
  •       Respite Care


Essential Qualifications: A Helping Hand companions must possess the highest degree of integrity, refined communication skills, a passion for working with older adults, and a commitment to superior customer service. A warm and compassionate disposition is essential, as is the natural ability to treat clients with care, respect, and dignity.

Education Requirements: Companions must have at least a high school diploma; a college degree is strongly preferred. Retired professionals who have led active careers are excellent candidates, as are college students or recent graduates interested in healthcare, social work, public health, or the nonprofit sector.

Special Requirements: Individuals must have a clean driving record, clean background, and current car insurance. AHH requires that companions complete a minimum of 5 hours of related training a year.

Availability: AHH offers companions flexible hours and the opportunity to work a variety of hours, including overnights. 

A Helping Hand is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  We offer a competitive salary and an engaging, purposeful workplace culture.  People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

A Helping Hand is committed to person-centered care that honors our participants' safety, respect and dignity. All staff are subjected to criminal background checks and held to high standards of protecting older adults and adults with disabilities.

If you are interested in applying for a position as A Helping Hand’s Certified Nursing Assistant, please submit the form below. No phone calls, please.