When members or friends of the Community Church of Vero Beach are hospitalized, we make every effort to offer a personal visit to the hospitalized individual. Typically, the Minister of Community Care will be the first and most frequent visitor. But other clergy members, and occasionally trained lay visitors, may also visit on behalf of the Church.
Those members of the Church who are living in long-term care facilities, or are shut-ins in their own homes, are visited on a regular, rotating basis, dependent upon their needs and requests.
In order to train interested lay members for the ministry of visitation, the Minister of Community Care regularly recruits and teaches lay members of the congregation those skills most necessary for skilled and caring visitation. The Minister of Community Care then works with the Pastoral Care Coordinator to determine how best to utilize lay visitors for hospital and nursing home/shut-in visits. The Pastoral Care Coordinator will notify the lay visitors when visits are “due,” and will seek feedback from the visitors in order to chart visits on the Hospital Visitation Record and the Nursing Home/Shut-In Visitation Record.
The Minister of Community Care serves as consultant to the lay visitors, and regularly works to update their skills and support their ministry.