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THE TRANSITION NETWORK'S

Caring Collaborative PROGRAM

Suppose you fell and broke your leg.  Who would walk your dog?
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
  • Confidential
  • Local Assistance
The Caring Collaborative, a service provided to members of our TTN chapter, is based on the premise that most of us are determined to remain independent. Its goal is to preserve and promote healthy independence by assisting each other during periods of temporary disability, when requested - providing personal support with health practitioners, help with errands, or an extra set of hands at home. Since the TTN Caring Collaborative officially launched in October of 2008, hundreds of members have enthusiastically joined and benefited from this program.

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.)


To learn more about The Caring Collaborative Experience, click on our members' testimonials:

                                                  Sally's Story
                                                                  Sally's Testimonial  

TOGETHER WE CREATE AND PARTICIPATE IN:
 

  • 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 GroupsThe 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.
  • ‚ÄčHealth and Wellness Event Alerts - Notices of FREE Health and Wellness lectures and activities in NYC, presented by recognized healthcare professionals and organizations.
                                                  
                                                                   Barbara's Testimonial

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.