Cost-free assistance for the seriously and terminally ill, and their families.
Who we are:
Nearcare’s mission is to preserve the dignity, integrity, and personal choices of the seriously and terminally ill and their families through supportive services and respite care offered free of charge by qualified volunteers.
Nearcare, previously Caritas, has been carrying out this mission in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties since 1983.
What we offer:
- Respite for caregivers
- Companioning & emotional support
- Transportation to medical appointments
- Assistance with errands and shopping
- Diversion for children with a seriously or terminally ill parent
Step 1: Referral to Nearcare
If you or someone you know needs assistance simply call or email the Nearcare office. We receive referrals from: self referral, family, hospitals, health care agencies, and doctors.
Criteria for becoming a Nearcare Client:
- Individual is seriously or terminally ill
- Individual lives in the service area
- Individual and family wants Nearcare assistance
- Receive a home visit by the Nearcare Program Coordinator prior to receiving a volunteer.
Step 2: The Home Visit
The Nearcare Program Coordinator will meet with you in your home, at a mutually agreed upon time, to assess your needs and to ensure that Nearcare can provide the appropriate support and services for you and your family. The home visit provides you and your family an opportunity to ask questions about Nearcare and allows the Program Coordinator to get to know you a bit better which will provide for the best volunteer match possible. If at the home visit it is determined that another agency and its services would be more appropriate to meet your needs, for example if personal care is needed, you will be provided with alternative area resources.
Step 3: Volunteer Visits
The Nearcare Program Coordinator will notify you when a volunteer match has been made. The Program Coordinator will schedule a time to come to your home to introduce you and your volunteer to each other. The volunteer will then begin their scheduled visits with you. The exact nature of the assistance the volunteer agrees to provide, will be as agreed to and documented by the Nearcare Program Coordinator and you at the time of the home visit. The Program Coordinator will maintain contact with you and the volunteer on a regular basis to ensure that Nearcare services are meeting your needs and to provide support to the volunteer.
Being a Nearcare Volunteer:
Nearcare volunteers are different ages and come from different walks of life but all share the same desire to give back to others and make a difference in the life of someone battling a serious illness. Nearcare volunteers decide which of the Nearcare services they feel comfortable providing to a client and how much time they are able to volunteer. The types of support a Nearcare volunteer provides are:
- Respite for the caregiver: The volunteers spends time ( approx 1-2 hours) with the client.
- Companioning and Emotional Support for the client
- Assistance with Errands such as grocery or pharmacy
- Transportation to medical appointment or treatment
- Diversion for Children with an Ill Parent
- Listening: one of the most important things a volunteer can do is be a good listener.
Please check back for upcoming fundraisers and events like our annual Nearcare Gala!
Please fill out the form below to request more information on receiving assistance, becoming a volunteer, or general inquires. Our team will respond in a timely manner.
Kathleen Hanchett – Program Coordinator