A Little Help’s core mission is enhancing and sustaining community- the psychological, spiritual, emotional, and physical weight that a primary caregiver carries needs to be shared by the community and our Care Share Program strives to do just that.
A Little Help's Care Share Program
While A Little Help already has many examples of providing respite for primary caregivers along the way, we can also serve caregivers in a more purposeful way through the Care Share program. We already have the systems, assessment, and support tools for our seniors in place in our daily work; Care Share represents a refinement of these tools for caregivers as a much more intentional effort to research and address their needs for respite, support, and empowerment while caring for loved ones with the support of the community.
Care Share is A Little Help’s response to the ever-present need of respite for caregivers. Folks in any stage of caregiving know the often heavy toll that being a primary caregiver for a loved one can place on an individual. That load cannot always be held by one person- to know that there are other people who are going through the same thing by being connected to other caregivers in different stages is vital. Care Share creates a space where people in any stage of caregiving can share their stories and provides a coordinating service for neighbors in the community who are graciously willing to share the care. Care Share is a cooperative community where we can pool care resources through our existing coordination systems.
The Care Share program addresses the psychology of caregivers that is largely guilt-ridden; by alleviating that feeling with a friendly face who has volunteered to help, caregivers can feel a sense of connectedness to the community and a financial relief.