Congregation-based Respite Care Teams of volunteers offer in-home services to frail, older, isolated adults and their families or informal caregivers.
Services include an array of non-medical services including: rest and relief for caregivers, friendly visits and telephone reassurance, transportation for errands and outings, assistance with mail correspondence, sorting, organizing, and bill paying.
Training and ongoing support for team members are provided through a unique collaboration of Catholic Charities and Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries. All team members are screened through background checks, and thoroughly trained in topics and techniques such as: confidentiality, limits of care, handling an emergency, active listening skills, safe transfer techniques, infection control and the principles of the team process. The team members abide by the ethics of respectful and compassionate care, confidentiality, and services offered without discrimination.
If you are interested in receiving services, or would like more information about developing a team for your congregation, please contact Lynda Koivunen at the information to the right. Catholic Charities assists with team formation, training, supervision at monthly team meetings, continuing education, community resources, and consultation.