Nav-CARE was developed from research conducted in rural palliative care by Dr. Barbara Pesut and Dr. Wendy Duggleby. Through their research they discovered that rural older persons living at home were not receiving the support that they needed, particularly when they were living in the transition between chronic illness and palliative care. They also discovered that there were many resources in rural communities that few people knew about. Some the greatest barriers for volunteers were the lack of opportunities to become connected to older persons who needed help. This led to the development of Nav-CARE.

“It’s nice to have someone we could tell our whole situation to without feeling like we were burdening our friends and family.”