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Respite Care

The linked parishes together have a Respite Care ministry sponsored by the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW). It is a program to support parish families who care for an elderly or disabled member in their home. Respite Care is a commitment to the concerns and needs of individuals. Volunteers assist by providing companion services; when the care givers need to do errands, shop, etc. This offers families the opportunity to leave the individual with a trained volunteer for a short period of time (2 – 4 hours, weekly, semi-weekly, etc.) and it gives the family of the elderly person respite from their constant care giving.

Some things a volunteer might do are:

  • Provide assistance in walking or eating;
  • Positioning in a bed or chair;
  • Moving a person from bed to chair or vice versa;
  • Recognize emergency situations and respond to them;
  • Only administer medications if absolutely necessary.

All volunteers must go through a day of training, at no cost to them. Training is arranged and provided for by the NCCW at a local hospital. It consists of presentations from physical therapists, nurses, etc. Volunteers are insured when they complete this training. In addition, all volunteers must meet the requirements of the safe environment program of the Green Bay Diocese, including the Virtus class.

If you are a person who is a good listener, can keep confidentiality, have a flexible schedule, and is sensitive to the basic needs of the older person, this might be an area of ministry for you. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Arlene Anderson, Team Leader, at (920) 863-6291.

If you are in need of this service, you may request an assessment from our pastoral staff. Someone on staff will make a home visit, and some information will be obtained. The individual’s needs will be matched up with a volunteer, and then a second home visit will be made by Arlene Anderson and the respite care volunteer. If the match seems appropriate a visiting schedule will be developed.

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