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People 65 and over still living at home in Howard County, Indiana, are eligible for free help from Samaritan Caregivers volunteers. Eligibility for services is determined without regard to income, ethnicity, religious affiliation or any other distinction. The availability of these services may be restricted due to the limited number of volunteers.

Services include:

Respite

Occasionally staying with a homebound person so that their family member can get away to do things important to them. The frequency and duration of these visits are mutually agreed upon by the volunteer and the client's family. A visit may occur as often as weekly, or may be monthly or only when needed. The duration of each respite visit should not exceed four hours. Respite volunteers are generally involved in a long term relationship with the person and his/her family and often establish a close bond. Because of the intensity and longevity of this connection, a request for respite may require a waiting period while the appropriate volunteer is located.

Companionship

In person, by phone or from a pen-pal. Friendly visiting is available on a schedule that is determined by the client and the volunteer. Most in-home visits occur weekly or monthly with the duration of each visit approximately one hour. Phone visitation provides an opportunity to visit as well as check on the well-being of the client. This may be done weekly or less often, as agreed on by both the volunteer and the client.

Pen-pal correspondence is provided through the Adopt-A-Grandparent program, matching groups of individuals or students with those who are interested in receiving friendly correspondence. This is generally one greeting per month with no expectation of a reply from the client. Additional greetings are sent during the Christmas holiday season.

Transportation

For appointments, shopping, banking, errands, etc. Because this is the most popular service provided by Samaritan Caregiver volunteers, rides are limited to one outing per client per week; however, each outing may include several destinations. Rides are to be received by Wednesday for the following week and are limited to only destinations in Howard County. Confirmation of trip arrangements will be made by phone to the client by Friday to finalize rides for the next week.

In the event that there are no drivers available, the client will be notified by Friday so that they can reschedule their trip or make alternate preparations. Due to the limited number of volunteers available to drive, there are no guarantees of a ride. Preference is given to medical appointments when staff are determining the priority engagements for any week.

Personal Shopper

Take care of shopping for a homebound individual. When a person becomes unable to leave home, it becomes necessary for volunteers to shop for them. This service is provided on a regular or as-needed basis, with the volunteer taking responsibility for obtaining from the client, the shopping list and resources needed to purchase the items. They then do the shopping and return with the items, often taking additional time to visit upon their return.

Handyman

Simple repairs and lawn mowing. Volunteers occasionally provide easy upkeep activities, however, the homeowner is responsible for providing the materials for the job. Lawn mowing is a seasonal activity, available on a very restricted basis due to the limited supply of volunteers.


Persons interested in obtaining assistance from Samaritan Caregivers may complete the form listed below or contact the office to determine eligibility for services.

During the initial home visit, staff will determine whether or not Samaritan Caregivers will be able to provide no-cost in-home support. If the person is accepted as a client, the person will be eligible to receive help as volunteer assistance is available. This varies widely with the type of assistance requested. Transportation may be available almost immediately, while respite is dependent on locating the appropriate volunteer.

If the person is not accepted as a client, they will be provided with additional community resources appropriate to his/her unique situation.

Samaritan Caregivers volunteers are not available for personal care, medication reminders, meal preparation or housekeeping. When these services are requested, information about additional community resources is provided.

Persons interested in receiving free assistance from Samaritan Caregivers may complete the form at the bottom of this page. Use the Contact Us tab for information to reach Samaritan Caregivers by phone, e-mail or in person.

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