Services are provided to those in need regardless of age, religion, race, color, sexual orientation or national origin.
These are the types of assistance Community Caregivers most often provides:
- Transportation: Driving disabled, elderly, and non-driving persons to and from medical/therapy appointments, visits to family in nursing homes and other essential activities. Clients can have up to 2 rides a week and must give 10 days’ notice when making a transportation request.
- Shopping: Either accompanying a client who needs assistance to shop — or doing the shopping — for food, prescriptions, and personal items.
- Caregiver Respite: Providing an attentive presence for a care receiver that will allow individuals and families who care for someone with an illness or disability to enjoy a break from their caregiving responsibilities. Our volunteers will visit, talk, read, and do crafts. We are unable to provide medical or “hands-on” care. Respite is usually once a week for 2 to 3 hours.
- Meal Preparation/Delivery: Preparing simple meals for individuals and families temporarily unable to provide for themselves, and/or delivering food from local pantries.
- Light Chores: Carrying packages, trimming hedges, mowing lawns, organizing closets and unpacking boxes.
- Assistance with Paperwork: Helping persons who are visually impaired or have physical limitations with sorting mail, organizing bills, and completing forms. Volunteers do not write or sign checks or act as Power of Attorney.
- Referrals to Other Agencies and Services: Providing information about services available in the area, and/or making direct referrals to appropriate agencies. See list of links to other agency websites
- Visitation: Weekly or biweekly visits to provide a physical presence for social contact and emotional/psychological support.
- Telephone Assurance: Brief contact by telephone to check on an individual’s wellbeing and to provide social and emotional support.
“I have been volunteering with Caregivers since it started. Sometimes I take clients shopping or to physical therapy. Mostly, I drive clients to their medical appointments and to dialysis treatments.”
“Wherever I take a person, they always say how much they appreciate the ride — not only for getting back and forth, but just to have someone to talk to. A lot of people are alone all day.”
“Transportation clients really like the personal touch and the door-to-door service. Sometimes, they want to pay me back in some way. I can’t accept monetary gifts, so I always suggest that a donation be sent to the Caregivers office. I made one client very happy by accepting an ice-cream cone (I do have my weaknesses).”
– Dick Howie, Volunteer