Suppose you fell and broke your leg. Who would walk your dog?
THE TRANSITION NETWORK'S
Caring Collaborative PROGRAM
What if you developed a long-term or life-threatening condition (such as hip-replacement surgery or cancer)? What information might you need?
WHAT IS A CARING COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM?
- Women supporting women when medical issues arise
- Empowering and supporting one another in remaining healthy and energetic
- Offering help in times of short term health needs
- Learning about resources and sharing information and personal experiences
- Local Assistance
Membership in the Caring Collaborative is available to all TTN members in the New York City Chapter. Membership is free, but in order to participate you must attend an Orientation. This free session ensures that new members understand the scope and boundaries of the Collaborative’s activities. (For more information on Orientation, go to the FAQs page.)
- A Member Information Exchange (MIX) - a valuable resource and repository of members’ knowledge of healthcare practitioners - including alternative and complementary providers, medical diagnoses, and experiences. It offers a way to help members cope with illness or surgery, allay concerns, and support the decision-making process. It provides an opportunity to speak directly and confidentially to other members who have had similar health issues.
- A Mutual Assistance Network - Members offer to help CC colleagues who need temporary or occasional assistance. You can ask for/receive help when you need it, and/or provide help to another. Such services might include being another set of ears at a doctor’s appointment, running errands, shopping or cooking for a person with an injury, accompanying a member to/from Physical Therapy, a doctor’s visit or a colonoscopy.
- Neighborhood Groups –The Caring Collaborative offers a network of more than 300 women, organized by neighborhood, who pledge to be there for you. Attending meetings of Neighborhood Groups fosters friendships. A familiar face makes it easier and more comfortable to ask for and give help. The casual meeting forum is also invaluable for sharing information on successful health strategies, to discuss health topics of interest and share tips and information with other CC members who live near you. Each Group is facilitated by a CC member and hosted in a CC member's apartment.
- Caring Collaborative Presentations - for TTN members and their guests, where accomplished practitioners discuss health and wellness issues with a special concentration on staying healthy and vigorous.
- Health and Wellness Event Alerts - Notices of FREE Health and Wellness lectures and activities in NYC, presented by recognized healthcare professionals and organizations.
- The Caring Times - Members produce quarterly issues of the TTN-NYC newsletter focused on health and wellness. View recent issues here: September 2016; April, 2016; January, 2016; September, 2015; May 2015; February 2015; October 2014; June 2014; Upper West Side 2 Guide to Peaceful Places In and Around NYC
- Health and Wellness Resource Directory - where to find information about medical issues, and for obtaining additional services such as food delivery, home care, transportation, etc., compiled by Caring Collaborative members. Click here to access the Directory.
- Liz Kreuger Senior Resource Guide - the most comprehensive guide to resources for older adults in our community. You will find expanded information about long-term care, veterans’ benefits, advanced directives, caregiving, and elder abuse. You will also find additional resources on healthcare, housing, consumer protection, continuing education, access to food, transportation, and much more. Click here to access the Guide
- Gale Brewer Age Smart Manhattan- Senior resources for Better Living - The information within—on benefits, health and wellness, transportation, safety, consumer protection, and life enrichment—can help seniors, their families, and caregivers better utilize the borough’s services and amenities.
- Downloadable Manuals, researched by the Caring Collaborative Committee and written under a New York State Health Foundation grant. They are: Creating a Caring Collaborative; Quick Start Guide to Creating a Caring Collaborative; Creating a Vertical Village in a High Rise-Building; What You Need to Know When You Go To The Hospital.
The Caring Collaborative is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or counseling services, nor can it replace daily home care when that is necessary.
"The [MIX] list and comments are invaluable. I had no idea this existed and I can’t thank you and the members who responded enough."
"The Caring Collaborative volunteer made me feel secure. I could just relax, knowing she was ready and willing to take me home after a medical procedure.”
"Well, I get rewarded (too). I escorted XXX home, we had breakfast, discovered we both love bacon and the theater. We’ve been going to the theater together ever since."
For more information, please go to the FAQs page.