The In-Home Respite and Friendly Visiting Program provides friendly companionship to frail older adults and gives caregivers of dependent adults a weekly break from care giving. The emphasis of this program is prevention of stress on elderly individuals and their family caregivers -- stress that can lead to mental and physical breakdown, caregiver "burnout", premature institutionalization of the frail adult, and even elder abuse.
While our volunteers spend time with the frail elderly, their caregivers have with a weekly break from care giving responsibilities and have the opportunity to replenish themselves. The demands of care-giving can be overwhelming, even life altering. Most client referrals begin with a telephone call from a senior care agency, health worker, or a family member. Program services are volunteer-based and there are NO FEES for services provided in this program. Donations are always welcomed, but never required.
- Frail elderly individuals living at home will be less socially isolated and feel mentally healthier
- Elder caregivers will experience less stress, improved mental health, and less caregiver burnout as a result of weekly respite opportunities
- Frail elderly individuals living at home and their caregivers, when there is one, will receive all available community and health resource support available to support their ability to age in place
- Over 100 individuals benefit from this program annually
CWC's Saturday Club is a Saturday social program for dependent or frail older adults that provides a day respite for their caregivers. Saturday Club provides five hours of fully staffed (professionals and volunteers) respite care two Saturdays per month. This the only weekend program in Yolo County to offer on-site social activities, and in many cases is the only weekend time caregivers have to themselves. A healthy lunch and stimulating activities such as music, art, and exercises are provided. Saturday Club is held at the Davis Senior Center. The program has been offered to the community by CWC since 1988. Referred clients are evaluated for participation in the program by a CWC Assessment Nurse. Each client is matched one-on-one with a volunteer who looks after their well-being and facilitates social interaction. The volunteers are frequently young people from UCD student organizations, or church and civic groups.
- Time Off for Caregivers supports independent living and prevents premature institutionalization of the dependent elderly by providing 10 hours of weekend respite time each month to family caregivers, thereby reducing stress and caregiver burnout
- Time Off for Caregivers is attended by an average of 12 client families per month. Many of these clients have participated for several months or for over a year; however, due to their frail health they frequently miss a Saturday, so it is common to have an average of eight clients in attendance at any given program day
- A total of 25 client families participated in the program last year
The Convalescent Hospital Visiting Program offers companionship and mental stimulation to socially isolated, elderly residents. Volunteers of all ages visit frail seniors weekly - some are accompanied by a pet visitor. Patients with no regular visitors are identified by hospital personnel and referred to CWC, along with a brief history of their interests. The CWC Director of Volunteers then recruits, screens, introduces, and matches the volunteer to the patient. Some volunteers visit multiple residents in a facility along with a qualified pet visitor. The program serves approximately 15 patients in Yolo County who might not otherwise have a visitor.
- An average of ten patients who have few or no visitors are regularly visited by a CWC volunteer each month
- Patients feel less lonely since being visited by their CWC friend; socially isolated, elderly residents have companionship and mental stimulation
Peer counselors are volunteers recruited from throughout Yolo County who are screened, trained and supervised to provide one-on-one weekly visits to seniors facing challenges such as death of a spouse, debilitating illness, loss of a job, family conflict, feeling depressed, helpless or isolated. Peer counselors are compassionate men and women, age 55 and older, who are dedicated to providing support. They are trained in aging issues, grief and loss, depression and communication.
- This is a new program for CWC beginning in January 2015
- Currently there are 15 active Senior Peer Counselors
- Funding is provided by the Mental Health Services Act of Yolo County