Senior Helping Hands/Elder Network

Volunteer Recruitment

Senior Helping Hands is a program of St. Cloud Hospital's Recovery Plus. It is designed for older adults 55+ experiencing alcohol/chemical use problems or mental health issues. Senior Helping Hands works with Recovery Plus and the Older Adult Chemical Dependency Primary Treatment Program. The treatment program involves physical/psychosocial/chemical use assessments performed by professionals trained in chemical dependency. An additional component, the Reminiscence Program, links the past to the present through supportive listening and helps the older adult get in touch with past accomplishments to build self-esteem. Senior Helping Hands provides yearly training for volunteers, professionals, paraprofessionals, and families who work with or care for older adults and wish to add the reminiscence technique to their programs.

Senior Helping Hands utilizes volunteers in the following areas:

Senior Helping Hands

Peer Volunteers offer compassion, understanding and support to other older adults troubled with addictions by being a mentor, assisting with log book assignments for those in treatment, and providing transportation to support groups. The Peer Volunteers can be younger than 55, but must have an interest in working with older adults suffering from chemical addictions. For further information, call Karen Burzette at 320-229-3766.

Elder Network

Elder Network, a component program of Senior Helping Hands, works with older adults struggling with emotional issues. Through the program, volunteers 55 and older are given extensive training to work with persons 55 and older--in their homes or care centers -- for one hour a week until the issue is resolved. The program is cost-free for both volunteers and clients, and there is continuous follow-up for volunteers in their work. Client issues include such as depression, isolation, transition, stress and grief. All information shared is confidential. . For further information, call Nancy Fandel at 320-251-2700 X 23783.

Respite Care

Respite Care and Caregiver Support, a component of Elder Network, is a program that provides a needed break for a caregiver two to four hours a week. Elder Network volunteers receive training beyond the EN training to spend time with the care recipient in order to provide a safe environment and companionship while the caretaker is away. The volunteer acts as a concerned listener who also works to help the caregiver explore available resources related to the care recipient's needs. For further information, call Nancy Fandel at 320-251-2700 X 23783.