SeniorServ Care Circles
SeniorServ’s Care Circles utilizes a neighbor-helping-neighbor approach to promote independence and wellness for seniors as well as support for their caregivers. Care Circles connects volunteers from the community to form volunteer care groups around individual older adults who need a range of supportive services and social connections to remain in the homes and communities they love.
Based on an award winning program operating in Westchester County, New York for eight years, Care Circles builds upon the concept that “it takes a village”, by providing a mini village to meet the unique needs of each individual in the program. Care Circles relies on volunteers who may be neighbors, friends, family members, student interns, or members of service clubs or houses of worship.
Services will vary with each senior based on the needs of the senior and/or their caregiver. Volunteers will be recruited to meet such needs that may include companionship, transportation assistance, errands, pet care, meal preparation, light housekeeping, home maintenance, health and social service navigation, and accompaniment to doctor appointments.
How to Start a Care Circle
Once a senior in need is identified, SeniorServ will work with a volunteer who agrees to serve as the “Circle Keeper” to coordinate and maintain a group of fellow volunteers to support and assist the identified person in need. The Care Circle Keeper will prepare and maintain a schedule ensuring that no volunteer is overburdened and that each volunteer receives the support they need in helping their senior. SeniorServ will screen and train the volunteer Circle Keeper for duties including:
- Recruiting a team of service volunteers and providing them with training as needed
- Establishing and maintaining a calendar of volunteer services
- Maintaining coordination and communication amongst Circle members
- Participating in meetings with other Circle keepers to share resources and lessons learned
For more information or on how to get involved, please contact:
Linda Molthen, Senior Volunteer Coordinator
Tracy Hall, Director of Volunteer Services