Center staff recruit, train, and supervise volunteers to serve seniors, caregivers and their loved ones by providing social support and companionship in the home, or in a residential setting. Our relationship-based services match the volunteer to the senior based on interests, needs, availability, and personality to ensure a comfortable match. To this end, we offer the following:
Caregiver Support Groups
Support groups are offered for caregivers to meet others in the same situation, learn from each other and develop a mutual support system. These free and open groups are held on the third Wednesday, fourth Tuesday, and the second Saturday of each month. Respite is available for the Saturday group, and a community dinner is available on Wednesday's from September through May.
Center staff are trained to help you as a family caregiver to find and access needed resources and provide support.
REACH covers a variety of issues from care receiver behavior to caregiver burnout for those caring for an individual with Alzheimer's or related dementia's. One-on-one support is provided along with customized material to fit each situation.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Powerful Tools for Caregivers provides caregivers with a wealth of self-care tools to help take care of themselves while caring for a loved one. Participants learn to communicate their needs to family members and healthcare/service providers; identify and reduce stress; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions; deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is:
A 2 hour workshop, held each week for 6 weeks.
Shown to positively impact caregiver health for a diverse group of caregiver including ethnic minorities, adult children of aging parents, and partners.
For individuals at differing stages in their caregiving role, living situations, financial and educational backgrounds.
Paths to Faithful Caregiving
Paths to Faithful Caregiving is a unique caregiver education workshop in that it gives participants a chance to consider how faith impacts- and is impacted by- their caregiving. The curriculum increases confidence in one's ability to manage tasks and challenges drawing on spirituality for strength. The workshop is comprised of five 2-hour modules: Mixed Emotions and Grief and Loss Issues; Relationships in Caregiving; Speak Clearly, Listen Clearly; Caregivers Need Care too; and Maneuvering through the Social Service Maze. Paths to Faithful Caregiving is:
Designed to provide practical information that incorporates faith-based exercises, goal-setting, meditation and relaxation activities.
An opportunity to learn from other caregivers in a supportive environment.
Are designed to provide safe and nurturing support for people with memory loss while their caregivers take a break. Our memory companions are specifically trained to work with people with memory loss, visit with the care receiver, and provide activities that are meaningful and appropriate to teach individual’s stage of memory loss.
Friendly Visitor volunteers provide friendship to seniors and provide respite to caregivers. Visits occur once a week or every other week for 1-3 hours. Activities are determined by mutual interest and can include music, reading, games, conversations, crafts, and more.
Group respite activities are available for our Saturday Support Group and Education Series, and other select activities.