More than 50 million Americans offer care and support for a chronically ill, aged or disabled loved one. Since 1994, the Support Team Network (www.supportteam.org) has responded to this growing... More > healthcare crisis by training and organizing volunteers to give practical and emotional support to people living with illness.
You may be interested in building one Team to care for a family member or friend. This Guidebook provides a how-to plan for training and organizing volunteers into Support Teams, a proven method of equipping and sustaining volunteers for intentional, ongoing caring for persons with health care concerns.
You may be part of an organization seeking a workable way to care for persons who are sick and elderly within your community.
You may be a professional related to a particular area of healthcare and you want to enable volunteers to assist in caring for homebound patients.
Whatever your interest, the Support Team Network offers this Guidebook for your use.< Less
While the practice of volunteer caregiving is expanding, little research has been done to study what contributes to a good volunteer caregiving experience and what organizational approaches are the... More > most effective and efficient. To learn more about volunteer caregiving, Project Compassion partnered with the University of North Carolina to conduct a study of 260 community caregiving support volunteers of all ages and all employment situations, from students to full time employment to retirees. The study examined what the volunteers did and how the volunteer experience was organized, and asked the volunteers how they felt about their volunteer work. It included people who volunteered one-on-one, as well as people who volunteered as part of Support Teams.
Key findings describe what make volunteer caregiving successful for volunteers. In addition, this was the first formal study of the Support Team approach. It demonstrates exceptional promise for the team model when compared with the one-on-one approach.< Less