What is a Care Team?
A Care Team can be a group of friends, coworkers or perfect strangers that join to provide practical, non-medical care and companionship to our Care Receivers living with HIV/AIDS or Cancer. The most successful Care Teams consist of 4 to 6 volunteers who, individually, have at least 4 hours a month to spend with their Care Receiver. Care Teams are integral to The Care Communities’ vision of a caring community where no one has to face a serious illness alone.
The Care Team community service model is an efficient way to support Care Receivers all over Central Texas. The needs and schedules of every Care Receiver vary and volunteers work together to cover what they can, when they can. Your time and energy contributes to the larger pool of the Care Team’s time and energy creating a unique and stable network of compassionate support for your Care Receiver.
Some typical Care Team activities include:
- Companionship and Socializing
- Visiting the Care Receiver and playing games, sharing stories or watching a favorite movie or show together
- Social chat over the phone or online - taking a few minutes out of your day to remind your Care Receiver they are not alone
- Sharing a meal - company during a meal increases a Care Receiver’s appetite
- Celebrating birthdays and holidays together
- Helping prepare and serve meals
- Medical appointments
- Grocery shopping, errands, church, community events
- Household upkeep
- Staying with the Care Receiver, allowing the primary caregiver respite to run errands, relax or attend support group meetings
- Offering a caring presence that encourages the Care Receiver to express their emotions without judgment
- Providing temporary pet care or child care
- Most importantly, The Care Communities’ Care Teams provide a sense of love and care by being there for someone who might otherwise feel isolated, lonely and without community.
What are the requirements of a Care Team member?
Attend a one-time 3 hour training session. You can attend one of our monthly trainings the last Sunday of every month at our offices. Additionally our staff can come to your congregation, home or place of business to conduct trainings for groups interested in working together. These trainings teach Care Team basics and cover the following: HIV/AIDS & Cancer 101, best practices for balancing life and your volunteer service, real life scenarios involving side effects to treatments and medications, and a Q & A session with a current Care Team member or Care Receiver.
Commit to 4 hours per month for at least one year. Upon completion of training and with respect for your availability our Care Team staff will work with you to make a successful match! In the post training interview with our Care Team staff you determine where and with whom you would like to volunteer with. Once the match and all necessary introductions are made you can embark on your remarkable journey and make a difference in the life of someone who is seriously ill.
Report volunteer hours spent with your Care Receiver. This can include recording travel time, time spent communicating with your Care Receiver or about your Care Receiver amongst your Care Team and The Care Communities’ staff. See the Report Hours Page of the website.
If you have other questions about the requirements of being on a Care Team or about Care Teams in general, visit the Care Team FAQ or contact Roger Temme, Outreach Coordinator, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 512-458-5883.
How can I join a Care Team?
Volunteering your time to care for one of our Care Receivers is one of the most precious gifts that you could ever give. For more information about joining the Care Team Program, contact Roger Temme, Outreach Coordinator, by email: email@example.com, by phone: 512-459-5883, or click here to go to our Volunteer Application Form.