Anyone caring for an aging or disabled friend or loved one qualifies for our network. We also accept members who need help themselves. We do not restrict our network to specific disabilities or health issues.
When will I know I need to ask for respite care?
Any time you have a conflict or simply need a break. Being a caregiver can be mentally and physically exhausting, so it is important to ask for a break to avoid a mistake that endangers your loved one.
If you are showing signs of depression or other mental illness, falling behind at work or tasks, or simply need a break, ShareCare Network can help provide you with respite care.
How do caregivers benefit from respite care?
Studies have shown that caregivers often have to cut time at work and with friends, as well as face higher rates of mental illness and get less sleep. Respite care allows caregivers time to catch up on work, socialize, and relax so that they are more fit to care for their loved one.
What if my loved one needs specific or specialized care?
A ShareCare Network team member will evaluate your application and decide if our volunteers are capable of caring for your loved one. This care level assessment is based upon the CDR and ALSFRS, and approved by the neurologist and physical therapist on our Board. You can view the profile of a potential volunteer and communicate with him/her to decide for yourself if the volunteer can meet your need.
Where will my loved one be taken care of?
The volunteer typically comes to your home. The caregiver coordinates with the volunteer to give them instructions on where to go.
How are your volunteer caregivers screened?
Caregivers and volunteers must go through the same CastleBranch background check as all other members. CastleBranch is a leader in safety and privacy.
What reassurance do I have about volunteers and the safety of my loved one?
All network members complete the same background check and screening process. You can also see each member’s reviews. Your volunteer will not be assigned by anyone but you and you have the opportunity to communicate with volunteers in advance. We support family choice wholeheartedly!
How old must a volunteer be?
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older.
What if I need to cancel/change a care need that I am assigned to or I have created?
Members must communicate any change/cancel requests directly to the volunteer or member that assigned them 24 hours prior to the scheduled event.
How long will it take for my application and background check to be completed?
After completing your application, you will be notified of your final status within 5-6 business days.