Neighbors Who Care – April 2024

Neighbors Who Care: ‘Keeping Company’—Respite Care Is Simply Visiting with a Neighbor

Remember the days when the crickets were chirping outside and the kids were scrambling to collect fireflies in jars and sitting on the porch keeping company with the neighbors?

Shooting the breeze was the way we kept in touch before we scrolled through our Facebook accounts or texted friends. There was nothing scary about it, and this way, we got to know one another and grew relationships with people up and down the street. It was nothing back then to ask a neighbor to sit with your kid until you picked up a kid at school or retrieved an ingredient from the store for dinner that you forgot.

Neighbors Who Care offers free respite care for people who have a hard time getting errands or appointments in because their partner is living with a chronic illness of some kind and cannot stay at home alone. Since Neighbors Who Care has been receiving a higher-than-typical influx of requests for respite care, we’re working harder than ever to recruit new respite volunteers.

What Does Respite Entail?

If the idea of “taking care” of someone or “watching” them while their loved one is out of the house raises concerns and questions, please allow me to put them to rest. First, respite care does not include any kind of medical help. Second, there is no transferring of the person from bed to chairs or to wheelchairs, nor is there any help with bathroom time or food. The only expectations for respite volunteers is to be alert and awake and to remain with the person. Often the adult may be asleep while their partner is out, or watching TV, or simply resting. Volunteers frequently become friendly with the care partner on these visits and look forward to their time together. Our respite is simply the act of sitting with a “neighbor” so that if a need arises or they do need help, you can call their partner, and they can hurry home.

Why not give us a call today and sign up to be one of our respite volunteers? We’d love to have you join us and begin “keeping company” with our wonderful clients.

Play It Forward Tennis and Pickleball Fundraising Coming Up on April 6

The third annual tennis/pickleball event to Benefit Neighbors Who Care is scheduled for Saturday, April 6. All fun pickleball and tennis play will take place at IronOaks Racquet Club.

Representatives from several Sun Lakes/South Chandler communities have been invited to join.

The event will offer both gender and mixed play at $20 per person. The group is requesting that those who cannot play consider making a donation to the tournament on behalf of Neighbors Who Care. Arizona residents can make a donation on behalf of Play It Forward to satisfy the Arizona Tax Credit. In 2023 Play It Forward raised $22,200. The goal is set for $25,000 in 2024.

All matches will begin at 8 a.m. and will last for 50 minutes. Lunch is generously provided for players by Sprouts Farmers Market.

Stop by on April 6 to watch your friends play, make a donation, and enjoy the morning.