As an RCMS patient and member of our community, you and your family members have access to a variety of community services designed to provide assistance when needed.
All volunteer services are available to RCMS patients and their families at no charge. However, donations are always appreciated.
To utilize our Volunteer Services, please talk to your medical provider at RCMS. For more information on becoming a volunteer please contact Deborah Lane, 707-884-4005 x 107.
Caregiver Support Group
If you are a caregiver, caring for a family member, partner or close friend with a debilitating or terminal illness, you may be interested in our Caregiver Support Group. The Group meets regularly in Gualala at the Elaine Jacob Center from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM on the 1st Thursday and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Participants work together toward mutual problem-solving and coping with the stress of caregiving. For more information, please call Tara or Ralph Navarro, 884-9202. There is no charge to participate.
Shamli Hospice Volunteers
Coping with a life-threatening or chronic illness or injury can be overwhelming. Fortunately for this community, trained volunteers are available to provide assistance to RCMS patients and their families.
Through our Shamli Hospice, Respite & Bereavement Care program, specially trained volunteers help provide care to those who are seriously or terminally ill. Our volunteers work together with the RCMS medical team to provide around the clock care and support for patients and their families.
RCMS volunteers play an important role in our Shamli Hospice program, providing companionship and a variety of services to those who are living alone, lead isolated lives or have limited mobility. These services include running errands, doing small chores around the house, helping arrange appointments, and taking clients on outings. Specially trained volunteers, RCMS Fitness Friends, also help clients with exercise programs, or take them walking on a regular basis.
Grief Support Group
Because talking to others can sometimes help ease the pain of loss, RCMS volunteers facilitate a Grief Support Group that meets Fridays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Suite E, the Elaine Jacob Center in Gualala. For more information, please call Ralph Navarro at 884-9202. There is no charge to participate.
Grief support is also available to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Both one-to-one counseling and group support are available to those who have suffered a recent loss, as well as to people who have experienced unresolved loss in the past. Trained caring volunteers offer support to the individual or family.
Community Resource Connection
Community Resources Connection (CRC) is a volunteer organization under the arm of RCMS that provides "neighbor to neighbor" help for seniors, disabled adults, youths and other residents of the Northern California coastal area between the communities of Timber Cove and Manchester.
Staffed by local community members, CRC is a group of concerned volunteers dedicated to providing our residents with transportation, up-to-date information on referrals and services.
Volunteers help to:
There are many opportunities to support RCMS through volunteer activities. Here are just a few: