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Volunteer Respite Squad Training (In-Person and Virtual)
June 6, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Often, as Vermonters age, family and friends are taking care of their loved ones so they can remain at home. Many of these caregivers become increasingly unable to care for themselves as they take on this loving responsibility at the expense of careers, families, and their own well-being. The cost and availability of a professional caregiver to provide them with respite is often unattainable. Age Well’s Respite Squad Volunteer Program provides the support that so many of our caregiving families desperately need.
Age Well is seeking to recruit and train volunteers who are willing to provide a break for caregivers. During the training, volunteers will learn strategies to interact with family caregivers. Those who participate are expected to commit to volunteering once a week for 3 hours. This training focuses on how to interact with a family experiencing dementia or other serious illnesses, common situations you may encounter and how to handle them, recognizing signs of caregiver burnout and more. As a volunteer, you will build trust and bonds with a family to provide them with crucial assistance. You will also reap the benefit of having a rewarding and enjoyable volunteer experience, knowing that you are making a meaningful difference in your community.
Our upcoming Respite Squad Training will be four consecutive Tuesdays, beginning June 6th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. In person or virtual attendance available.
For more information or to sign up to be a Respite Volunteer please contact Age Well’s Volunteer Department at 802-662-5249 or via email at [email protected].