The Volunteer Advocates Program.
The CARE Volunteer Advocates Program is a volunteer advocates program that trains and then matches volunteers to serve, on behalf of CARE, as the guardian for an incapacitated adult. In that role the volunteer maintains regular contact with the incapacitated adult, directs their health care, attends and participates in care plan conferences, and otherwise takes steps to ensure that the services being provided for the incapacitated adult by health care providers are appropriate and designed to maximize the incapacitated person's quality of life.
The program is approved by the Marion County (Indianapolis) Probate Court as a "volunteer advocates for seniors and incapacitated adults" (VASIA) program under Indiana Code 29-3-8.5. CARE staff provide support for the volunteers in fulfilling their duties.
The CARE Volunteer Advocates Program is not capable of accepting all referrals. Certain criteria for case acceptance must be met.