Care Team Ministry

 

 

For more information about Immanuel’s Care Team, contact Russ Carlson in the church office: 651-699-5560.

Kay Draine, Marilyn Dubay and Jane Tripple are the Care Team coordinators.

What is Care Team Ministry?

A national program that first began in Texas in the 1980s, Care Team Ministry was introduced in the Twin Cities in 1998 through Lyngblomsten. Lyngblomsten provides a continuum of quality senior care through residential facilities and in-home and community programs.  Participating congregations tailor the program to meet their specific needs, yet all share a desire to be involved, a passion for serving, and a commitment to building community through a team-based effort.

Every Care Team Ministry program includes volunteers, partners, a leader, and a coordinator:

The Lyngblomsten Care Team Coordinator is on Lyngblomsten’s staff and assists congregations in starting their own programs.  The Coordinator provides ongoing support, education, and resources.

Care Team Ministry Volunteers team with others in their church to meet the specific needs of an individual or family.

Care Partners are typically members of the congregation who rely on the support of Care Team Ministry.

A Care Team Leader at each church receives referrals for potential Care Partners, matches a team of volunteers with a Care Partner, conducts monthly meetings for the volunteers, and promotes the ministry in the congregation.

Setting up a care team for someone generally involves three steps by the Care Team Leader:

  1. Receive a referral, usually from a pastor, parish nurse, family member, or individual.
  2. Assess the Care Partner’s needs.
  3. Match an appropriate team of volunteers to the Care Partner.

How is Care Team Unique?

Many other congregation-based programs focus on a one-to-one relationship.  Care Team Ministry, however, creates a team of volunteers around the needs of an individual or a family.  This structure provides more flexibility– everyone can share his/her special gift, and no one gets burned out because there is a team to support one person’s or one family’s needs.  Usually, team volunteers provide their services by setting up a schedule and taking turns.  Sometimes, though, volunteers partner together to provide a service.  Again, the luxury of flexibility enables Care Team Volunteers and Partners to create what works for each situation.

What do Care Teams do?

Care Teams function as extended family members doing a broad range of activities:

-  regular visits,
-  light yard work or household chores,
-  shopping assistance,
-  transportation, or
-  support for family caregiversFriendships develop, reducing loneliness and isolation.

The care team responds uniquely to the Care Partner’s needs.  Teams may grow as a Care Partner’s needs increase.  In other situations, a team may just step in during a transitional period in someone’s life.

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