The Administration for Community Living (ACL) awarded a cooperative agreement to the team of the Oasis Institute, Caregiver Action Network (CAN), USAging, and Altarum Institute. This team is launching a national program, called Community Care Corps, to foster innovative models in which local volunteers assist family caregivers, older adults, or persons with disabilities with non-medical care in their own homes in order to maintain their independence.
This unprecedented, new program is a great leap forward in helping seniors, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers with much-needed non-medical assistance.
Grants will be awarded to local organizations across the country to establish, enhance, or grow model volunteer programs. Community Care Corps volunteers will handle simple non-medical tasks, provide companionship, and relieve over-burdened family caregivers, and will offer tremendous benefit to older Americans and their family caregivers.
Community Care Corps will help countless families and will have a lasting impact not just on the families and individuals served, but also on those who serve their community as volunteers.