Anyone that works to help elders and caregivers connect with resources that can help them remain in their homes as long as possible knows that it’s exceptionally difficult finding quality, reliable volunteers that can visit homebound elders to offer a friendly visit and reassurances. Some agencies hire volunteer recruiters to do just that – find these volunteers. If you are lucky to find such a volunteer, you hope they never leave.
Faith in Action programs are one such resource. They bring volunteers of different faiths together to care for homebound neighbors who may be isolated and living with chronic health conditions or disabilities. The volunteers come from churches, synagogues, other places of worship, and from the community at-large. They provide non-medical assistance like:
- transportation services to appointments
- help with shopping, reading or bill-paying
- minor home repairs
- friendly visiting
- respite care
Simple help like that can sometimes be the factor that determines whether a person can remain safe in his/her home and maintain a better quality of life. The program, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been around since 1983. They presently have over 600 local Faith in Action programs all across the nation. To find a program in your area visit this page where you can search by state or zip code.