Interfaith Care-Partners Care Team® program

Primary Practice

Faith-based volunteer care team and respite program

Description

Interfaith CarePartners helps congregations form and equip teams of caring volunteers that provide assistance to individuals and families whose welfare and well-being are challenged by chronic illness or disability. The Care Team® Program utilizes the infrastructure of congregations to provide high quality and person-centered informal care to persons who need support with socialization, activities of daily living (ADLs), and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), as well as respite for caregivers. Care Team members are trained to offer respite from the constant demands of caregiving, enabling them to prolong care for their loved ones. CarePartners also offers support groups and caregiver education and training programs.

Target Population(s)

All family caregivers across the lifespan.

Implementation

The Care Team® program is limited to greater Houston, Texas area. However, CarePartners provides support to assist other local congregations and communities to establish similar programs.

Goals/Objectives

The primary goal of Care Team Program is to support individuals and caregivers to enhance the capacity of caregivers and prolong support for individuals at home.

Evidence of Outcomes

Emerging Practice/Model
An independent evaluation was conducted on March 2010 that focused on program design and conformity. Results indicated that The Care Team program is an effective tool in supporting impaired and frail elders in the community. In addition, the program provides a volunteer experience that enables participants to be effective and enjoy their work. The accumulated wisdom, experience, structure, and practices have been distilled in an internal publication available to all interested parties. It contains an instructional manual for organizations, information and guidance toolkit for teams, and 30+ continuing education modules.

Additional Information

Interfaith Care Partners Website: www.interfaithcarepartners.org