Training

To make a core team, like our Angels of Mercy volunteers, to help lift the many burdens of the primary caregiver, it takes people of all ages and interests with varied life experiences, skills, talents, training, education, faiths, strength, backgrounds, whether male or female, teens or senior citizen.

For more information on ways to care or training volunteers, contact us.

Our volunteers learn many things: from the signs and symptoms of the major illnesses and diseases and handicaps that commonly afflict those who are elderly, to safety issues and how to solve them.

Communication skills are taught to help volunteers deal with differing family structures and cultural and religious perspectives dealing with death, illness and the approach to medicine.

Safety issues are of great concern and the volunteers are taught how to spot potentially dangerous situations and how to solve the problem through helping families with plans for upgrading and perhaps changing things in the home that would make getting around dangerous.

They are taught the importance of cooking and serving an appetizing and nutritious meal.

The importance of the Spiritual Journey of those near death has a central place in this course.  The impact which the volunteers own spiritual journey has on their care giving is discussed.

The  home is a Respect Life environment where food, water, cleanliness and warmth and comfort care (the principles of ordinary care) are part of the primary focus.  Added to that are fellowship, reading and moving about the home as desired. 

Healing while participating in the class is a common experience by all as personal attitudes toward death and dying surface and are shared in class discussions.  Others learn to listen, with their hearts, more closely to what is being said by "the other person".

Ways to Care

  • Sitting with the sick
  • Spiritual Care 
  • Visiting
  • Meal preparation
  • Cleaning
  • Running errands
  • Reading to the sick
  • Cards and Letters
  • Child Care
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Telephone Support
  • Yard work
  • Repairs, electrical
  • Transportation
  • Hair Care
  • Gift of Laughter
  • Flower Care
  • Laundry / ironing / mending
  • Meal Preparation
  • Sewing
  • Sharing music
  • Carpentry / plumbing

Reasons for formal training

  • One day you may face these issues within your own family.
  • There are many who are suffering in silence and are afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. You will learn how to recognize the needs and how to approach those in need.
  • You become better informed and able to recognize a lack of proper care and how to help.
  • You learn how to ask questions and which questions to ask health care providers, primary care givers and the care recipients in order to facilitate proper care.
  • You learn about other resources available for appropriate help and support.
  • You receive blessings, rewards and satisfaction beyond your expectations as you see the look of relief on faces and see smiles filled with gratitude.