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STC EXCITING RESEARCH NEWS!

The STC research study has been completed providing confirmation of what we have been saying about the STC experience for the last 20 years. We can now describe STC as an “evidenced-informed model.” (See below)

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of the STC care recipients, caregivers and group members from the US, Canada and Australia who participated in this important study. It could not have happened without you!   And we truly appreciate all the groups out there using STC to help more and more people who need caregiving support. BRAVO.

Unless you are in the healthcare field this study may not seem like a big deal, but for STC, it should help to open more opportunities for funding and programs so that we can reach, teach and help many more caregivers everywhere.

The Call to Action

Our job now is to get the word out to professionals.

Researcher, Amy Hegener and I need to present “SHARE THE CARE™ – An Established Model Supported by Research and Practice”at important conferences in late 2015 – into 2016 and have submitted abstracts.

Society for Social Work and Research
20th Annual Conference – Washington, DC

3rd World Congress on Integrated Care
International Conference – Mexico City

American Society on Aging
2016 Aging in America – Washington, DC

HealthCareChaplaincy 3rd Annual “Caring for the Human Spirit”
Global Conference – San Diego. CA

NOW, AFTER A YEAR OF HARD WORK to reach this point, we really need everyone’s support to cover our conference fees and travel.
 
THE GOAL IS $14,000

Please donate online at www.sharethecare.org or if you prefer by check. Your can make a donation in honor of a friend or loved one. If you are in a STC group this is a great reason for a group donation.

Or If you prefer send us a check payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI and mail it to:

ShareTheCaregiving Inc.
c/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th Floor
121 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY 10013-1590

YOUR GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please include your name and address so we can properly acknowledge your gift and; if you would like to be kept informed of STC news, your email address. As always your group stories and photos for our website are always encouraged and welcome.

THANK YOU!!!
ONWARD, UPWARD!

Sheila 

Sheila Warnock

About the Research

The STC program is supported by a descriptive evaluation using a non-experimental mixed-methods design. The study sample was purposive and included a total of 143 participants from around the US, Canada and Australia. Data were collected via an online survey and through follow-up phone interviews.

The following research questions were addressed:

  1. Is participation in STC associated with a reduced level of burden for the primary caregiver and/or other family members?
  2. Is there an association between participation in STC and improved confidence in caregiving skills among group members?
  3. Is there a relationship between the shared experience and group members’ satisfaction?

The findings of this study suggest that the STC program is positively associated with the following outcomes:

  • contributing to a reduced level of burden among caregivers;
  • supporting a care receiver’s ability to stay at home with necessary supports, thereby decreasing the potential for reliance on more costly formal systems;
  • adding to or improving the well-being of participants, by remaining focused on a distinct psychological structure;
  • enhancing the caregiving skills of participants by preparing them for future caregiving situations; and
  • demonstrating variability that can be applied across settings and cultures.

These findings provide a foundation of supportive evidence that confirms STC as a best-practice model in the field of caregiving and one that can be replicated in a cost-effective manner across locations and challenges.  The results of this study further indicate that STC is effective in addressing a number of different challenges, whether short or long in duration.

It was the most rewarding experience of my life. It proved that I could contribute so much without feeling overwhelmed or overburdened.

It taught me to trust others, to know the real meaning of “team work”.

I think the military must be something like a Share the Care group — each member depending on the others and trusting with their whole hearts that they were supported. Emotionally, being able to choose to help according to my strengths and to “pass the buck” where I felt I was weak was a Godsend.”

– Research Study Participant

Holiday Appeal Letter & 2014 Accomplishments!

ONE THING YOU CAN SAY ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION IS THAT WE WALK OUR TALK.

This year Phyllis, our administrator, jumped into action to start a Share The Care (STC) group to support a neighborhood friend, suffering from leukemia, cope with massive rounds of chemotherapy before her (successful) bone marrow transplant.  “Andra’s Allies” is made up of friends from their local block association-a mini village of New York City neighbors-who were her key support for 10 months and continue their efforts as Andra slowly recovers.  As Phyllis points out, this was an eye-opening experience for all involved.

Phyllis Califano - STC Administrator

Phyllis Califano

“Though our block association is used to working together to improve the neighborhood, this was the first time we were called on to help a neighbor with a serious health issue.  So many of Andra’s Allies told me they were impressed that STC gave them so much flexibility and made giving their time easy.”

Our organization is unique in that not only do we educate people about STC but we also train other organizations, institutions, and faith communities to use our model to help their caregivers, care recipients and families.  This often means donations go elsewhere other than to ShareTheCaregiving.  So please know that we truly rely upon our supporters to help us keep helping others.  STC information is too critical not to share.

If you are part of an STC group, or are helped by one, please reflect on your experience and the value of having a ready-made plan to organize your group. We need you to TAKE ACTION to support our work generously this year.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $100$500 or $1,000 to help us grow and expand our reach. You can even make a significant donation to STC as a whole group.  Visit our website DONATE page that lists a variety of ways people can give.  EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS – YOUR GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

You may donate online at:  www.sharethecare.org/donate or if you prefer by check.  If sending a check, please send to the address below and make it payable to:

ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI
C/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th floor
121 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013-1590

We always welcome your STC group photos and stories for the website. These really do inspire others.   Also, please visit and  Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter

We wish you and yours A Happy, Healthy Holiday Season.

With gratitude for your much needed support,

Sheila

Sheila Warnock
Founder & President

Please click here or scroll down to view our list of 2014’s accomplishments below.

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Donations are used to cover the cost of books, and creating, printing, and mailing our training and educational program materials.  We need funds to develop new educational materials.  People who contact us for support are pleasantly surprised to get a “personal” email or telephone call back; something of a rarity these days.
Currently our computers and equipment used for trainings and presentations are over 11 years old.  Since our focus is teaching and presenting (often travelling to do so) updated technology is critical.

Accomplishments2014

2014 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
STC's new home website: www.sharethecare.org
NEW STC HOME WEBSITE
 

Our greatest impact is made via our internet presence and in October we were proud to debut our brand new home website (see screenshot on the right). Now we can provide relevant information to each of our four audiences: caregivers and concerned friends, health professionals, faith communities and corporations.
Take a look. 


In April the NYC Partnership for Family Caregiving Corps participated in a Caregiving Conference at the NY Academy of Medicine. Over 300 people showed up in the pouring rain to learn more about NYC caregiving resources.
Sheila with Greg Johnson, Emblem Health and Dr. Robin Fenley, Department for the Aging, NYC
Sheila with Greg Johnson, Emblem Health and Dr. Robin Fenley, Department for the Aging, NYC

STC RESEARCH STUDY UNDERWAY
In the Spring of 2015 researcher Amy Hegenger plans to publish and present the results from her study of the STC model. She has collected feedback from past and present STC group members, caregivers and care recipients.
The goal of the study is to attain evidenced-based status for STC by proving the many benefits derived from using the model.

 

AWIS_ShareThe Care article
THIS TOPIC HIT A NERVE
The number of people living alone is growing rapidly and many have no family nearby (or none at all). A “created family” like STC can make all the difference in the world. (Click here or on the image to the right to read the article.)

 

STC MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS
© ShareTheCaregiving 2014 All rights reserved | Contact STC: info@sharethecare.org

STC Summer 2014: Appeal Letter

Dear Share The Care™ Supporters,

 A few days ago I received an email from the sister of a woman whose caregiving story was recently profiled inPsychology Today‘s blog, The Dance of Connection.  A link to that story is provided below, but I wanted to share a portion of the message I received as a reminder of the impact STC has on people’s lives.

 “Many thanks to you for Share the Care that completely transformed Lynn’s life and mine. Because of it, we were all empowered to focus on what was needed and simultaneously given a sturdy foundation to ground us during a time of terrible upheaval. In addition, so many unexpected blessings came to us during the absolute worst of times.  I am so very grateful for your work.”

 “Grief shared is grief halved.  Joy shared is joy doubled.” (a quote on one of Lynn’s last Christmas Cards)

Everyday, the need for STC grows as more people live alone without family, the Boomers age rapidly, and health care becomes increasingly complicated.  To better serve those who turn to us for help, STC™ has been working hard behind the scenes on some key advances and we are delighted to report the progress over the last 6 months:

  • A long-awaited evaluation of the STC model is underway by a researcher from the State University at Albany. The study is intended to establish an evidence-base that will support the continued growth of the STC™ program to help many more caregivers.
  • We are in the final stages of building a new home website that will address the specific needs of our varied users: caregivers & concerned friends, health professionals, faith communities, and corporations and working caregivers.  We plan to highlight examples of successful STC™ programs that blossomed following our STC Trainings.
  •  New media attention:
    • The Wall Street Journal MarketWatch (Click to read it.)
    • The Association of Women in Science magazine for an article I wrote “Who Cares For The Person Who Lives Alone?”
    • eCareDiary recent interview (Click to read it.)
    • Psychology Today‘s blog-The Dance of Connection:  “The Saddest Happiest Most Inspiring Boring Cancer Story” about woman with TWO STC™ groups in two states. (Click to read it.)

We are proud to say that as a volunteer-driven organization, we have been able to direct almost all of the funds raised directly to benefit caregivers who turn to us for help.  We make every effort to take the time to make a personal connection with people who contact us and/or are willing to share their stories.  All STC™ services and materials – other than trainings and workshops provided to organizations – are provided without charge.

 To continue to provide the personal encouragement and support STC is known for-

WE REALLY NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING.

Click here to donate online or if you prefer by check. We also invite you to donate in honor of a friend or loved one.

Please make checks payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI and send to:

ShareTheCaregiving Inc.

c/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th Floor

121 Avenue of the Americas

New York City, NY 10013-1590

Of course, YOUR GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Please include your name and address so we can properly acknowledge your gift and, if you would like to be kept informed of STC news, your email address.  As always your stories and photos for our website are always encouraged and welcome.

With gratitude from all of us at ShareTheCaregiving.

 Sheila

Sheila Warnock Founder & President

www.sharethecare.org info@sharethecare.org

The Dance of Connection

Sheila recently received an email from the sister of a woman whose caregiving story was recently profiled inPsychology Today‘s blog, The Dance of Connection.  That story is reprinted here – it is a reminder of the impact STC has on people’s lives.

Rescuing women and men from the quicksand of difficult relationships.

STC’s Educational Program Makes a Difference

 

   

 

 

 

How your support for

Share The Care’s

Educational Program

is making a difference.

 

 

Last year Melia, a beautiful 20 year old in Kauai, Hawaii experienced the horrible results (both physical and emotional) of a drug overdose.

 

Though her family rallied around her in hospital and rehab they were quickly overwhelmed, not only with all the care required, but also with the devastating financial burdens that came with it. They were burning out fast and didn’t know where to turn.

 

A friend of the family heard about the Share The Care™ Program that was initiated in 2012 through Kauai Hospice following a Share The Care training for 54 professionals and volunteers. Today, they have become known throughout the island as a valuable, viable community resource that offers support to people with all kinds of caregiving challenges.

 

Melia’s “Funny Family” offers an abundance of love and support. They help with daily activities and care as she is unable to speak or move without assistance.

 

Melia’s mom is passionate about helping others and shares a video that was shot during her daughter’s initial hospital stay as it illustrates how a drug overdose changed life for Melia and her entire family in just the blink of an eye.

 

Praying for Melia's Recovery
Praying for Melia’s Recovery

This is a video link and will take you to YouTube to view it.

 

 

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR WORK TO TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT SHARE THE CARE™

 

Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $50, $100 or $1,000 to help us continue to grow and expand our reach and help more caregivers. You can designate your gift in honor of a friend or loved one.

 

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If you prefer to give by check…

 

   Please make checks payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI, and send to:

ShareTheCaregiving, Inc.

C/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th floor

121 Avenue of the America’s

New York, NY 10013-1590

 

We welcome your photos and stories for our website. You can also visit and like us on Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter .

THANK YOU your contributions to make Share The Care a caregiving solution for people everywhere.

 

Happy Holiday to you all.

 

Gratefully,

Sheila

 

 

Sheila Warnock

2013 Online Appeal & News Highlights

December 2013
Just last weekend, prior to starting my Share The Care™ presentation, I asked the audience to raise their hand if they were, had been, or anticipated being a caregiver in the near future. EVERY SINGLE PERSON had a hand up.

Most of them were unaware that nearly one third of our population (65 million people) are serving in a caregiving role and burning out fast. Or that many more caregivers will be needed as our aging Baby Boomer population doubles in size to 71 million by 2030, or that the number of younger people who might serve as caregivers is dwindling. And to make matters worse, that there won’t be enough professionals to care for everyone in need.

As our government continues to seek ways of slicing budget spending, any help that might have been available is fast disappearing. Every day brings another threat that Medicare and Medicaid could be downsized or that other much – needed programs will end.

The caregiving crisis isn’t coming…it is here.

Our work is crystal clear: The Share The Care™ model must be made much more visible and accessible for the people who are new to caregiving and to those struggling without help. We are the original “voice of group caregiving.” However, for us to sustain our efforts to help caregivers through our educational programs and advocacy – WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.

Are you aware that we are a totally volunteer driven organization? We work on a shoestring budget and with outdated technical equipment so that making advancements takes much longer than it need be. It took years to raise the money to start to rebuild our home website, And we are still seeking funding to finalize the Journey Dashboard that will allow individual Share The Care groups to communicate and operate online. People often ask us “Don’t book sales cover your costs?” Absolutely not. Celebrities and popular authors get handsome royalties, not a guidebook for caregivers.

Every day health professionals and the clergy tell us that the work we are doing is increasingly valuable and of huge social importance. They see, firsthand, the need for us to continue to expand our programs into many more communities.   As one participant from a recent training wrote in his evaluation:

“Such a wonderful experience in caring for our fellow human beings. An outstanding example of

high quality human service .”  

– G. Pestow, RN

 

The good news is that work has commenced on a totally new home website (due to debut in 2014) that will target our diverse audiences more effectively: caregivers and concerned friends, health professionals, faith communities, and corporations. Combined with the powerful word-of-mouth marketing that you and others can generate, and with your generous financial support, Share The Care can continue to support individual caregivers in need and be part of the solution to the caregiving crisis.

Please consider a tax-deductible donation of $100, $500 or $1,000 to help us grow and expand our reach. If you are part of a Share The Care group, please reflect on your experience, and the value of having a ready-made plan to get up and running to help with your care recipient’s challenges. If we have made a difference in your experience as a caregiver, please forward this appeal to all of your group members and ask them to donate, or consider pooling your funds to make one large donation.

GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE – EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS.

HOW YOU CAN GIVE: You may donate online at:  www.sharethecare.orgor if you prefer by check.   We also invite you to designate your gift in honor of a friend or loved one.

Please make checks payable to ShareTheCaregiving/NCCI, and send to:

 

ShareTheCaregiving, Inc.

c/o The National Center for Civic Innovation – 6th floor

121 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10013-1590

Please continue to tell others about your experience with the model – your Share The Care group photos and stories are always welcome for our website. These do much to inspire others.   Also, do visit and “LIKE US” on

Like us on Facebook Facebook (Share The Care)

Follow us on Twitter Twitter (ShareTheCareOrg)    

All of us at ShareTheCaregiving wish you and yours A Happy Holiday Season.   With gratitude for your much needed support,   Sheila   Sheila Warnock Founder & President     HOW YOUR DONATIONS CAN HELP:

Donations will go towards the cost of books, and creating, printing, and mailing our other training and educational program materials.  Routinely, when contacted by a health organization or a faith community interested in using the model to help their population, or seeking to host our professional training, we mail them A PACKET of our materials.

  Currently the equipment used for trainings and presentations is over 11 years old.  Since our focus is teaching and presenting (often travelling to do so) updated technology is critical.

2013 Share The Care™ Highlights
Training at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Oahu

56 health professionals attended our training for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Oahu.  Left to right: Joan Foley, Hospice & Palliative Care Coordinator, Sheila, and Kimi Chun (Pegs Legs) STC Outreach Director.
With Herb Weatherwax
a WWII Pearl Harbor Veteran

A Meaningful Award!

CareCrew at The First Presbytarian Church of Forest Hills
The Care Crew at The First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills
is going strong with 40 active members. sharing the care.

Lady Godiva Awards Sheila with Lauren Bush Lauren Sheila was named The Local East Coast Fall 2012 Lady Godiva Honoree with her is Lauren Bush Lauren, The First National Lady Godiva Honoree and Founder of FEED.org
The NYC Partnership 4 Family Caregiving Corps
The NYC Partnership 4 Family Caregiving Corps
(Share The Care is one of the founding members)
We will participate in Caregiving Summits at Fordham University.
The STC Stations Program in rural Wisconsin funded by GWAAR   The STC Stations Program in rural Wisconsin funded by GWAAR now has12 STC Stations operational and 3 more in the works. STC Stations provide information and coaching for anyone wanting to start a STC group.
Kuai Hospice

The STC program through Kauai Hospice is helping families island wide. Mary Ann Nordwall on her weekly visit to provide support for Melia.


Manning the table at a church event STC Administrator, Phyllis Waisman  and Office Manager, Betty Himmelsbach

Manning the table at a church event

STC Administrator, Phyllis Waisman and Office Manager, Betty Himmelsbach

TEDMED 2013

Created for us at TEDMED

2013 TEDMED. We won a scholarship to attend this amazing

3-day event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and participate in the discussions on the caregiving crisis.


Annual Family Caregivers Awards Luncheon
Family Caregivers Award to Sheila Warnock
Program from a luncheon hosted by Caregivers Outreach Ministry Empowerment (in honor of National Family Caregivers Month) “Community Service Award” presented to Sheila at the event in November