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Compassion Contact Corp
ORGANIZATION: VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
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11 people are interested
In response to today's restrictions, stay at home orders, and quarantine environment, the Center for Development and Civic Engagement (formerly VA Voluntary Service (VAVS)) has developed and implemented a new social prescription program called the Compassionate Contact Corps (CCC).
CCC is a tele-support program to benefit Veterans who are lonely, socially isolated or would simply like to talk to someone regularly. Trained CCC volunteers provide support by making periodic phone or video calls. Veterans and volunteers will be matched based on mutual interests.
All Compassionate Contact Corps volunteers will be required to complete a formal training session. CCC volunteers will report volunteer hours to the CCC Program Coordinator.
10 Benefits of the Compassionate Contact Corps
- Something to look forward to, feel valued and appreciated, reduces feeling of isolation resulting in improved mental health.
- Support for family caregivers - reducing caregiver burden.
- Volunteer/Veteran can be anywhere - connect with the most geographically isolated Veterans.
- Veterans' share stories, concerns, as well as needs and desires with the volunteer visitor.
- Volunteer visitors provide support which helps Veteran remain as independent as possible for as long as possible
- Volunteer can facilitate communication with VA Care Team and others relaying accurate information and reducing misunderstandings.
- Volunteers receive training and information about local resources and community services - ensuring the Veteran is connected with appropriate resources.
- Volunteer recognizes changes and other nuances that may be early indicators of a new issue or worsening of an existing issue, ensuring early treatment and intervention.
- All of the above enhances the Veteran's health with a reduction in overall healthcare costs, clinician time, ED visits, and hospital stays.
- Veteran is more likely to stay on topic and appointments can be more productive if the Veteran has another platform to reminisce and socialize.
- Volunteer must pass a background check and other onboarding requirements, plus additional training.
- Volunteer is engaging, a good listener, friendly, empathetic, compassionate and nonjudgmental, reliable, trustworthy, and considerate.
- Volunteer makes a longer volunteer commitment (1 year) as Veteran and volunteer will build friendship and be a constant in the Veteran's world.
- Must have a reliable phone/tablet/PC and a quiet private space for each tele-visit.
- Good understanding and ability to adhere to program boundaries.
- Volunteer must be in good physical health and cognitively intact.
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About VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
1700 North Wheeling Street (135), Voluntary Services Bldg G 1st floor, Aurora, CO 80045, US
To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.
The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System is a Joint Commission-accredited facility serving Veterans in eastern Colorado and parts of Kansas. The VA Medical Center is located in Denver, Colorado and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics are located in: Alamosa, Aurora, Golden, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, La Junta, and Lamar, CO. There are Primary Care Telehealth Outreach Clinics in Burlington and Salida, CO, an ambulatory surgical center at the Air Force Academy, a Community Living Center in Pueblo (40 beds), and along with the Department of Defense and Veteran Benefit Administration, an Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) Center at Fort Carson, CO.
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA), part of the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million Veterans. For more information, please visit http://www.va.gov/health/aboutVHA.asp
1700 North Wheeling StreetRocky Mountain Regional VA Medical CenterVoluntary Services (135)Aurora, CO 80045
April 5, 2023
- Elder care
- Customer Service
- People 55+
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 30-60 minutes per veteran on a weekly basis. Recurring tele-visits can be coordinated between volunteer and veteran.