Our church is blessed to have a group of lay leaders who have undergone Called to Care training and who assist our minister with visitation to the sick, shut-in, hospitalized, and others who are experiencing difficulties and concerns.  We currently have a team of fifteen lay care givers who meet monthly and who are paired with care receivers.  Called to Care is a program of the United Church of Christ.  More info can be found here:  http://www.ucc.org/ministers_calledtocare