Objective of Program
This is a volunteer-provided respite program designed to give caregivers a much needed break from their caregiving duties. The goal is to provide temporary relief to the primary caregiver, while offering companionship and supervision to an adult with cognitive or physical disabilities.
Volunteer Time Commitment
A one-year commitment is desired, with the goal of 6 respite hours each month. The scheduling of the respite hours depends upon the needs of the primary caregiver and availability of the respite volunteer.
- Fulfill training requirements.
- Attend Orientation Training (to include police, driving, reference checks).
- Attend Volunteer Respite Training.
- Complete initial home visit with care manager.
- Complete Volunteer Journal and provide to care manager monthly.
- Report to care manager any problems or concerns that arise during visit.
- Ensure that client’s personal information is kept private and confidential.
- Protect client and personal safety by not performing the following: personal care (toileting, bathing, dressing), lifting, transportation, medication administration.
Care Manager Responsibilities
- Complete assessment of care recipient.
- Identify areas of interest to guide activities (Leisure Interest Survey).
- Coordinate requested respite hours between caregiver and volunteer.
- Provide copy of interest survey to volunteer.
- Introduce volunteer and care recipient.
- Provide on-going case management.
- Engage in regular contact with volunteer and care recipient.
At the Volunteer Respite training, all volunteers are given a Volunteer Respite Manual. This manual is designed to be a reference during the training and on the job. Topics include Volunteer Process and Responsibilities, Challenges in Caregiving, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Adult Protective Services, in addition to area-specific information.
Material in the manual has been reprinted with permission from Eisai Inc., in cooperation with an Advisory Council (AARP, Hospice Association of America, National Alliance for Caregiving, National Association for Home Care, The National Council on Aging, National Family Caregivers Association, National Federation of Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Towson University, Dept. of Gerontology, and Alzheimer’s Association, Greater New Jersey Chapter) whose goal is to share information with community groups to help prepare volunteers successfully assist the primary caregivers of older adults. CARING TO HELP OTHERS: A Training Manual for Preparing Volunteers to Assist Caregivers of Older Adults.
Leisure Interest Survey from Connections Toolkit, published by the Alzheimer’s Assoc. of Central and Western VA.
This information was presented by Fairfax County for the Virginia Caregiver Coalition.