Member Volunteers will be tasked with providing the following duties:
1. Provide In-homeRespite Care
Providing on average 10-12 hours of on-site respite care per week that enables the caregiver to attend to essential family or personal needs and/or events or activities that are vital to personal health and well-being. Respite care activities include active listening with the care recipient, preparing light snacks or lunches, walking or other non-medical ambulatory exercises to maintain mobility, storytelling, journaling, etc... all activities are of a non-medical nature, not requiring the skills or services of medical, therapeutic or other licensed professionals. Prior approval is needed from AmeriCorps Program Manager (Fabiola G. Jean-Charles) if the respite care assignment exceed a continuous 48 hour period.
2. Supporting and Creating Peer-to-Peer Networks
Member Volunteers will provide information and support to veteran and military families to identify and link caregivers to various social support venues (e.g. on-line chat networks, existing or new veteran/military support groups, Facebook, web-based resources). Information about and links to community resources, employment opportunities and organizations that support veteran and military families will be provided to the caregiver.
3. Caregiver Transitional Services
Respite care and other support services may be provided to veteran and military families who are transitioning from medical facilities to home-based care and vice versa. Member Volunteers will serve as individual and family navigators to support the family during this transition period. Examples include coordination with social workers and discharge planners (e.g. Fisher Houses, hospitals) to arrange for services and following the caregiver and the care recipients through the transition period for up to 30 days. Member Volunteers may not give advice or participate in the activities that require medical solutions and/or medical therapies normally administered by professionals.
- Elder care
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 1 year. It's from November 2016 to October 2017
- Reliable Transportation