The Caring CollaborativeWelcome to the Caring Collaborative, a program of friendly and neighborly assistance, offered by members, to preserve and promote healthy independence.
The TTN Caring Collaborative was designed, developed and implemented by a volunteer committee of TTN members. It mobilizes the goodwill that exists within TTN’s membership to provide support to members in need. They learn from the healthcare experiences of others – what to expect during breast cancer treatment or how to optimize recovery following knee replacement surgery, etc. The Caring Collaborative provides personal support when the unexpected compromises one’s independence.
The CC program offers support through:
- Assistance with short-term or occasional needs, including help at home or with doctor visits
- A medical information exchange (MIX)- a chance to speak directly and confidentially with members who have relevant medical experiences
- Programs on health topics
- Health and Wellness Directory: Health/Wellness Resource Directory
National Member Information Exchange (MIX)
National MIX allows members across the country to share personal experiences with health issues, diagnoses, surgeries, re-hab and treatment – directly and confidentially. It’s built on the Caring Collaborative’s learning and processes.
The program is available to TTN members anywhere. To participate, the member needs to opt in (even if she is in a chapter offering a local MIX) and attend a brief orientation webinar. She can then ask questions of other MIX participants, for instance: I need to go on a gluten-free diet, does anyone know some good cookbooks; I need two knee replacements, does anyone have experience with knee replacements?
Members send questions by e-mail to a national coordinator. She sends your anonymous request out to the National MIX network. When members say, “I can help with that,” the coordinator introduces you to the respondents by e-mail.
To sign up or if you have questions, send an e-mail to NationalMIX@ttncaringcollaborative.org saying, “sign me up for the National MIX program.” Include your name, email address, local chapter, and home city. She’ll confirm and send you the orientation webinar schedule. Orientation webinar schedules After you attend the orientation, you can ask for information – and you’ll be included in the list of MIX volunteers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for joining national MIX? You need to be a paid-up member of TTN and attend an orientation webinar before participating. Please note that the program is for health-related questions.
Is there an extra charge to participate? No. The program is an additional benefit to members at no extra charge.
How quickly will I get help? You’ll get an acknowledgment of any request within two business days. If someone responds to your request, we’ll connect you promptly. If we don’t get a response, we’ll let you know that as well.
Caring Collaborative ChaptersThe current services of the Caring Collaborative are available in several chapters. Please click on your local chapter to see what it offers.
New York City
San Francisco Bay Area
Creating a Caring Collaborative; Creating a Vertical Village in a High Rise-Building; What You Need to Know When You Go to the Hospital. Click any title to view and/or download each of these manuals.
Caring Collaborative services are available in the following cities: