FROM CAREGIVERS/CARE RECIPIENTS:
“But the best gift Share The Care gave to me personally was the gift of time. The program allowed me to spend more quality time with Kevin. I knew my time with him was limited, and I didn’t want to waste it going grocery shopping or running to the cleaners. I wanted to be with him as much as possible.
While a caregiver to Kevin, I was also the mother of a young child. I often felt torn between caring for Kevin and our daughter Alina. I made the decision to ask our Share The Care group to help with Alina’s extracurricular activities. Volunteers came through, and their help brought me great joy.”
Jodi O’Donnell Ames
“The encouragement and the practical suggestions of Share The Care are making the difference between my wife, Betsy, spending her last years in a nursing home and spending her last years in our home, surrounded by people (Team Betsy) who love her.
“I want to let you know that the meeting to set up Doreen’s Doers went really well. We managed to contain it to 2 1/2 hours and Doreen stayed throughout.
She was unable to talk very much as, for the first time since she told me of her diagnosis, she was emotional. It was seeing so many friends who want to help and she couldn’t say much, which is not typical! I gave her other opportunities later on.”
“I can now dispute the cliche that blood is thicker than water. I have an extended family that is my family. You are absolutely incredible. I want you all to know that you are my source of strength, my courage. You comfort me, you cry with me, you laugh with me. You have been my medicine. I love you from the bottom of my heart.”
“I got to really know Susan and get a first hand lesson in courage and great humor in the midst of trauma, distress and pain. As for the group I felt women sharing real respect for each other, true sensitivity and instant warm camaraderie.”
FROM HEALTH PROFESSIONALS:
“Share The Care can make a difference for me personally. I have a friend living with disability, no family, and I am the caregiver. So I am very excited about establishing a group for her safety and my sanity.”
“Sheila Warnock’s book Share The Care will lead the national hospice movement to its next step, meeting the needs of the millions of Americans living alone who will need hospice care. Her work is groundbreaking.”
Deborah Duda, author
Coming Home A Practical and Compassionate Guide to Caring for a Dying Loved One.
“I recently saw your book at the Salt Lake City Cancer Wellness House. I think it’s the best resource I’ve ever encountered on this subject. I immediately ordered a copy and have recommended it to many friends and colleagues.”
M. L. Winningham APRN, Ph.D. FACSM
“As a nurse on a Bone Marrow transplant unit, I deal with very sick patients on a frequent basis. It’s always hard for myself, and other caregivers, to deal with the helpless feelings during a severe illness. This is why I would like to spread the word about “Funny Families’.”
K. Bucko, RN
FOLLOWING STC PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:
“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.”
“The exercise about working as a team around a specific case was eye-opening in all the multiple needs that can come up and how do you encompass all of that. I found the story build-up and history also important to make the experience complete.”
Client Services Manager
“I was all alone. I prayed a lot but I was afraid that nobody would know if something happened to me. Now a wonderful person gives me a ride to church on Sunday, and helps me get to doctor appointments. Somebody calls me on the phone every morning to make sure I am okay. I have so much support now! It is wonderful, and I love this church.”
Long-time member First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills
“I found your book about 2 and a half years ago when a friend was being treated for cancer. I was the coordinator of her Share The Care™ group and the book told me everything I needed to get started. We took care of our friend until she died in April of 1999 and it was a profound experience.
During that time, I spoke to several churches in the Madison WI area about Share The Care™ and many more groups have been formed.”
“A key in ‘Share The Care™ ’ is you identify the connection to the person. Kaye herself believes it will work and is willing to let it work. Then there is Bethany and Ada’s belief and their willingness to ask people to be involved. That tactic helps people understand it is not a tragic or hopeless situation. Instead of not knowing how they can help, they hear what jobs are needed, and equally important, have the right to say no.”
Rev. Linda Carlson, Jackson Citizen Patriot