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HEALTH
PROFESSIONALS

When People Turn to You for Help,
Teach Them How to
Share The Care

COVID-19 made many families rethink placing their loved ones in a care facility. Plus, caregiving is on course to grow dramatically as the Baby Boomer population ages and people live longer. Today, an estimated 53.0 million adults are family caregivers up from the estimated 43.5 million in 2015 and many are elderly themselves.

But many care recipients have conditions that can easily overwhelm a solo caregiver. A job description might include: advocate, hands on caregiver, medications reminder, doctor appointments in-person and online. With a growing number of technology devices–add tech savvy, household chores, researching affordable services in their area (1 in 4 caregivers (27%) report this to be very difficult).  Many caregivers also struggle with loved ones who have mental health or memory issues. Caregivers also suffer financial losses from cutting back work hours, leaving the workforce and even using their own retirement funds to manage out of pocket costs.

They want help. They want guidance. They want affordable alternatives that they can do themselves. Tell them about Share The Care™.

Help is Here

In 1988, Share The Care™…

began as a group of twelve people who became friends when they supported a mutual friend with cancer in New York City. Today it’s an evidence-informed model that can lighten the load in very difficult circumstances across the full-life cycle anywhere it is needed.  See: Educational offerings about the Seeding STC in Your Community Training for professionals.

In a 2016 Study that appeared in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work* shows that Share The Care:

  • Supports a care receiver’s ability to stay at home
  • Helps reduce the burden of the caregiver
  • Increases the caregiving preparedness of group members, enabling them to be more effective teammates and future caregivers
  • Is replicable and its functionality can be applied across a variety of settings and circumstances
  • Ensures longevity and a successful caregiving experience through its structured system of care
  • Has a positive impact on the well-being of the caregiver, care receiver, and group members
* Click here: to request a copy of the STC study

The Share The Care™
Evidence-Informed Program Model is:

  • Low Cost
  • Adaptable
  • Sustainable

STC addresses Multiple Objectives to:

  • Decrease caregiver burden and social isolation
  • Better Prepare communities to meet the challenges of an aging society
  • Improve end-of-life care

        

STC can support any person needing care.
However, STC group members will need to seek
professional help to get special training.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
AND
SPECIAL SKILLS FOR CAREGIVERS

Peg’s Legs, HI

Health Professionals help a STC Group
caring for a Patient with ALS

The following example demonstrates how health professionals
taught family caregivers and willing team members
critical homecare skills for a patient with ALS

Peg’s Legs – by Kimi Morton

We knew that Peggy would not thrive in a nursing home – and everyone made a commitment to care for her in her home.

While Peggy went in for her tracheostomy, the group met to discuss what Peggy’s new needs were going to be and how we needed to re-organize. We enlisted a private nursing organization to train our volunteers and help us through the transition. Peggy had excellent healthcare though not enough to cover 24 hours for the entire year. The plan was train our Peg’s Legs volunteers so that they could take over the daytime nursing hours.

We had 3 shifts a day covered by our STC volunteers and we used private hire nurses overnight. Each Peg’s Legs shift had what we called an “A” person and a “B” person. The “A” person was trained to manage the ventilator and do the medical stuff and the “B” person was there to assist them and do light household chores, etc. We also had “C” people – they came by when they could – whenever that might have been.

We had 2 people on every shift – 3 shifts a day – that’s 6 volunteers a day – EVERYDAY! And many of these volunteers were new friends. Thanks to them, we saved thousands every month in nursing expenses. We still had to supplement with fundraising, but our large network got the word out.

For more in-depth information on the professional training this group received, read the Q &A with Kimi Morton:
Click here
.

EVEN HEALTH PROFESSIONALS MIGHT NEED A STC GROUP

Pat's Team

Pat’s STC group, Ontario

 

Health professionals are not immune to having to “be there” for their own family, friends, or colleagues as demonstrated by Pat’s Group.

Jackie Crandall, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, had no sooner attended a STC Training in London, Ontario when she found herself in a position to apply what she had just learned to help a nursing colleague diagnosed with a terminal illness.  Led by Jackie, other hospital staff rallied to help their co-worker Pat and her family by creating a Team of 30 strong in just days.

STC Ontario Campaign Coordinator (and Bereavement Professional) Eugene Dufour met with Pat’s Care Group after her death.

Dufour recalls:

The closing meeting was one of the most powerful sessions I have attended. There were a lot of tears, a lot of laughter, a lot of sharing of deep feelings. They all expressed their feeling that they gave Pat a wonderful gift, and Pat gave them a greater gift.”

WHAT HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SAY
ABOUT SHARE THE CARE™

“I recently lost my father and was his caregiver.  I had become frustrated and burned-out balancing career, my own family (stress it placed on them) and helping care for my parents.  I still struggle with guilt over what I could have done better.  This would have been so beneficial and will share with my patients and families and friends.”

RN Clinical Educator

 

“Such a wonderful experience in caring for our fellow human beings.  Outstanding example of high- quality human service.” 

                                                                               

~ RN

Too often we “workers” think about what we can’t do.  This shows what we can do ––need to do.  Warehousing elders in Nursing Homes is very sad.  Finding ways to keep people at home safely should be our aim for those who want this.” 

~ Case Manager

 

“Very empowering.  As we baby boomers age, we will need to take care of each other because this is going to be a serious shortage of health care professional.  Plus, with recent government budget cuts, agencies aren’t going to be able to provide the same level of service.  We will have to depend on volunteers.”

~ RN

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