Community Care is the answer for frail elders and adults with disabilities who are told they must move into a nursing home or institution and want to live in the community. It is the answer for caregivers who say they just can't do it anymore. It is the answer for workers that provide health care and long term care services who want to give the best possible care, but are frustrated by the limitations and fragmentation of the traditional fee-for-service setting.
Community Care is a place that enhances the lives of frail elders and adults with disabilities by helping them to live independently in their communities for as long as they are able. We take difficult situations and make them remarkably better. "When we hear things like, 'This program saved my life,' we know we're doing our job," says Community Care Chief Operating Officer Paul F. Soczynski.
Our innovative, flexible, community-based approach makes the best care available to those least able to afford it by optimizing the allocation of community resources. We live up to our reputation of being visionary in providing health care and social services for frail elders and adults with disabilities.
Our mission is to develop and demonstrate innovative, flexible, community-based approaches to care for at-risk adults, in order to optimize their quality of life and optimize the allocation of community resources.
At Community Care, we aim to create the best possible experience for elders and adults with disabilities. We believe that providing quality care can enable older adults to live in their own communities, outside of institutions, even through the end of life. Our core values drive all of our decisions.
Our approach is to seek solutions for individual participants' needs. Our interdisciplinary teams of doctors, nurses, social workers, therapists and other health care workers put the best interests of those we serve at the forefront of decision-making. It drives us to be creative, innovative and cutting edge in practically everything we do. Team members get to know our participants well and use that knowledge to provide individualized, comprehensive, integrated and seamless care.
Community Care began in 1977 when founder Kirby Shoaf created an organization to design, develop and operate a comprehensive, coordinated system of in-home, community-based services for the functionally disabled and the frail elderly. Since then, Community Care has established and operated more than a dozen programs. Each of these programs were designed to provide quality care and enhanced opportunity for quality of life to eligible seniors and disabled adults while preserving their dignity and autonomy.
Community Care's dedicated staff includes doctors, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, recreation and rehab therapists, drivers, certified nursing assistants, home health aides, social workers, case managers, dietitian, cooks—just about anyone you can think of who serves older adults. There are also teams of people working behind the scenes in Building and Environmental Services, Human Resources, Finance, Quality Assurance, Information Technology and others who are likewise highly committed to the mission of helping the elderly and adults with disabilities maintain their independence for as long as possible.
We all appreciate the opportunity to work in a place that brings us together to share our experience, skills and knowledge so that we can enhance the quality of life for those we serve.
"I like the collaboration of ideas with team members working towards the common goal to take care of the participant," Felita, Registered Nurse.
As a Community Care team member, you'll experience the benefits, both tangible and intangible, of working within a dedicated organization. Among them:
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A commitment to promote qualified employees consistent with the needs of the organization whenever possible
A commitment to advance our technology and streamline systems in ways that maintain or enhance care and service and create greater work efficiencies for staff.
If you enjoy serving others and the company of older adults, you'll find many meaningful volunteer opportunities through Community Care. Whether you have a lot of time to share or a little, we have important work for you to do. Our participants will appreciate your company and conversation. If you have special interests or talents that you might use to entertain or educate others, please share them with us. Your musical talent, woodworking skills, artistic talents, hobbies, interests and friendliness provide all the resources you need to make a significant difference in the lives of older adults, who will appreciate the enrichment and fun you provide.
Find the volunteer opportunity that best suits your talents, personality and schedule from this listing of current volunteer opportunities.
Alzheimer's Summer Picnic: Join us for our annual summer picnic for our Alzheimer's unit. Help is needed in setting up, running carnival games, helping with lunch, assisting participants and cleaning up.
Annual Summer Picnic: Help out and have fun at our Annual Summer Picnic.
Arts and Crafts/Ceramics: Share your creative arts and crafts skills with older adults. Work with a group, leading them in making various arts and crafts projects.
Assistant for Annual Bake/Craft Sale: Help at our annual bake and craft sale held at our center during the day.
Assistant for Veteran's Day Celebration: Help with our annual November Veteran's Day event.
Bus Trips/Field Trips: Share a fun field trip event with older adults. You can help by assisting participants in wheelchairs and socializing with participants.
Entertainment: Entertain older adults in our Adult Day Health Center. Singing, playing the piano and other instruments, performing magic shows, a slide presentation … wherever your talents lead you.
Fish Tank Care and Cleaning: Clean and arrange fish tank at our group home for older adult to enjoy.
Men's Woodworking Group: Share your woodworking skills with a group of older men. Lead a woodworking/craft group in an Adult Day Health Center facility.
Spanish-speaking Volunteer Friend: Share your friendship with Spanish-speaking older adults at our Adult Day Health Center. Assist with writing letters and reading, or just have conversation.
Scrapbooking Group Leader: Help older adults keep precious memories by overseeing scrapbook projects.
Sewing Walker/Wheelchair Bags: Work from the comfort of your own home, sewing bags that are a big help to older adults living in our group home.
Specialty Events: Spend time with older adults, helping them participate in fun activities, seasonal events and special days.
Volunteer Friend: Share your friendship with older adults at our Adult Day Health Centers. Visit our participants who would appreciate the individual attention.