- Get Permission. If you know someone with a health care challenge who could benefit from a support team, the first step is to get permission from that person to organize support for him/her through a trusted individual who is close to that person or friend.
- Make a list. Ask the trusted person to compile a list of friends, neighbors, church members, and family – anyone who’s said something to the effect of, “If there’s ever anything I can do, please give me a call.” Invite these people to a 59-minute meeting to learn about building a support team for their friend.
- Schedule a team orientation. Share with them the 10 Best Practices, and choose a team leader or co-leaders.
(For more information on orienting your team, click here.)
- Meet with the friend and decide what needs will be addressed. Contact the team members to coordinate the calendar and begin the caring. Share the calendar with the trusted individual.