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Creating Support Teams for Elders in Community

August 23, 2023 @ 10:00 AM 12:00 PM CDT

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Creating Support Teams for Elders in Community

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

  • Pacific: 8:00-10:00am
  • Mountain: 9:00-11:00am
  • Central: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Eastern: 11:00am-1:00pm

Join communitarian Laird Schaub to learn how to address and meet needs through the creation of support teams for elders in community.

About the event

Not everyone will be able to manage their own requests for help. Support teams are recommended to help seniors and other members that struggle to get their basic needs met. These teams work discreetly to make it easier for members to disclose needs and get them filled.

Once engaged, the Support Team will sit down with the household and develop an accurate picture of the needs, breaking down what is being requested into specific, well-defined tasks. This becomes especially manageable when strong relationships between households are created. It’s essential to build your social capital so that when asking for help, you are met in the middle. Having a Support Team does not necessarily mean you are promised aid, but it does mean a community supported effort will be made to assist households get the word out about their situation and their specific needs.

We all need help sometimes, and living in community can make this stressor such a relief when handled responsibly. In the Creating Support Teams for Elders in Community workshop, you will learn how to develop the selection process in creating a support team and how to choose which members will be most appropriate to fill the positions.

In this workshop, you’ll:

  • understand the importance of creating a care team for seniors
  • learn how to balance transparency and discretion within the care team
  • learn how to best select support team members

About your presenter

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Laird Schaub

Laird’s specialty is up-tempo inclusive meetings that engage the full range of human input, teaching groups to work creatively with conflict and diversity—all the while being ruthless about capturing as much product as possible. He lived for four decades at Sandhill Farm, an income-sharing rural community that he helped found.
Laird also helped found the Foundation for Intentional Community, where he served as the main administrator for 28 years. In 1987, he created a self-insurance fund for healthcare among income-sharing communities called PEACH (Preservation of Equity Accessible for Community Health) that he ran for 22 years.
In addition to his expertise in community living, he’s parlayed his passion for good process into a consulting business focused on cooperative group dynamics, styled CANBRIDGE (Consensus And Network Building for Resolving Impasse and Developing Group Effectiveness), since 1987.

Read his blog Laird’s Commentary on Community and Consensus.


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