The experience might fill a need for the volunteer, too. It's not uncommon for special relationships to develop between care receivers and caregivers.
The Caring Hands Volunteer Caregivers Program will hold its next volunteer training session Nov. 17 from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at John Muir Medical Center in Brentwood. An interview and pre-registration is required. For information on the next available session, or to register, call 952-2999.
Caring Hands volunteers may choose their own schedules, the communities in which they would like to serve and the services they would like to perform. These include friendly visiting and companionship, transportation to and from medical appointments, errands and grocery shopping, respite care, light household tasks and light meal preparation, plus minor home repairs and yard work.
"Services provided by Caring Hands volunteers can be life-enhancing to isolated, frail elders who are no longer able to do everything themselves, but are still well enough to live alone," said Caring Hands Program manager Carol Louisell. "The need for Caring Hands services grows daily, and our waiting list of individuals requesting assistance continues to exceed available volunteers."
Seniors benefiting from Caring Hands include those with chronic illnesses or coping with long-term recoveries from major illness or surgery, accidents, or strokes; seniors without family in the area; family caregivers; people with routine medical appointments; and bereaved seniors.
The Caring Hands Volunteer Caregivers Program is a collaborative effort of John Muir Health, congregations of various religious faiths, representatives from social service agencies and the community at large. Caring Hands volunteers serve frail, isolated and disabled seniors over the age of 60 free of charge in Central, East and South Contra Costa County.