You have come to the right place if…
You’ve never been a caregiver.
Someone you know or love needs help.
You don't know what to do.
You’ve been a caregiver for a long time.
Now your own health is at risk.
You can't do it alone anymore.
You’re a professional searching for resources to help your patients and families deal with the enormous responsibilities of caregiving.
You’re in a faith community looking for a plan to organize your members and guide them to support each other in times of need.
SHARE THE CARE™
Since it was first originated in 1995, Share The Care™ has become the classic guidebook and resource used by individuals, communities, healthcare professionals, and faith communities as a loving, pragmatic approach to caregiving that can succeed no matter what the challenge. It has been used to help care for quadruplets, preemies, and to support moms with difficult pregnancies, or to sustain widow(ers) or a grandparent raising small children, or any issue that requires loving teamwork.
They wrote the book so others wouldn’t have to reinvent the wheel. Hundreds of thousands of people have used the Share The Care™ model successfully and reported it to be a truly “life changing” experience.(See THE STORY)
The Dr. Fritz Radio Show examines important topics and issues impacting the community through the eyes of a Psychologist.
Click here to hear Episode 50: “Maintaining the physical” - 10/25/12 – Are YOU a Family Caregiver? If you provide regular and unpaid care to a loved one, YOU are a caregiver. We are joined this week by Sheila Warnock author of “Share the Care” and Dr. Robin Fenley from the Department of Aging. This is the second of a seven part series sponsored by EmblemHealth focused on caring for the family caregiver.
Click here for more mentions of Share the Care podcats by Dr Fritz on our media page.
The Dr. Fritz Radio Show examines important topics and issues impacting the community through the eyes of a Psychologist. Hosted by Dr. Fritz Galette and broadcasted by WWRL-AM (1600) radio in New York, the program currently airs every Thursday night at 10PM EST. Dr. Fritz, along with special guests and live callers, highlights the questions, challenges and struggles people typically face in everyday life. During each program he clarifies the issues and provides useful information, pragmatic tips, and resources.
Mercy St. John's Hospital in Springfield, MO recently hosted a full-day Share The Care training for Mercy Hospital health professionals,
faith-based organizers, and other local agencies to learn about the model in depth. Kathy McBee featured in this piece is heading
up the hospital's first Share The Care Station to provide information and/or coaching to patients, caregivers and concerned friends
in the community.
The following testimonial was made in February 2011 at a ShareThe Care training led by Sheila Warnock for 65 health professionals held at California State University at Monterey Bay.
The Monterey County Share The Care Council is working to introduce
the model to caregivers throughout the county.
Barrie Louise Switzen's The Women's Connection®
with Reeva Mager (Dorot, Inc.) and Sheila Warnock (ShareTheCaregiving)
The above recent program on caregiving is 46 minutes long.
News from A Share The Care group in WI.: "Living with ALS" video on Youtube: "Meet Peggy Driessen who lives in the Kaukauna area. She has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. She gets through each day with a positive attitude - and a lot of help from loved ones."
It wasn't long after Pat was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2009 that she was approached by a nursing colleague who had just attended a Share The Care™ training in London, Ontario. Jackie Crandall wanted to know how she and others could help care for Pat and her family. Here is the story of how Pat's Care Team used Share The Care™ and how events unfolded.
“Share The Care™ is one of the best books ever written to help family caregivers. I was wowed by the first edition and this one is even better. Family caregiving is more than a one-person job, and the Share The Care™ model is the best way I know to balance the load and thereby let caregiving families know that they are definitely not alone.
A must read for family caregivers and all who care about them.”
National Family Caregivers Association
“The guidelines and support offered in this book were invaluable to the Share The Care™ Circle organized to assist my sister Mimi [Fariña] during a long illness, and in her case, dying process. It was the tool that enabled everyone who wanted to help to do just that - in an organized and comfortable (for Mimi) manner.
The authors' experience, wisdom and caring shines through in this publication, and I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone who wants to start, run or be involved in a caregiver group.”
“The ALS Association is pleased to endorse Share The Care™ as a wonderful example of a model of caring support that makes a meaningful difference for all who participate. The tools, techniques and guidance in Share The Care™ offer a comprehensive plan that has provided valuable assistance to many people with ALS and their families.”
Mary Lyon, RN, MN
Vice President, Patient Services
The ALS Association
“Share The Care™ transcends the pictures of what volunteerism is about. It is a step-by-step directive for creating a nurturing, heartfelt group of supportive partners in the caring process for an individual who is terminally ill, chronically ill or disabled. It helps in maintaining their dignity and independency too so they may live their lives more fully; the program is innovative, builds community and is the wave of the future for caregiving.”
Gail R. Mitchell - President
National Organization For Empowering Caregivers
“A book for anyone who has ever wondered how to help a critically ill loved one and felt overwhelmed by their needs. Share The Care™ is clear, practical and powerfully effective. What a Blessing!”
Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
Author, Kitchen Table Wisdom, My Grandfather's Blessings
Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Founder & Director, INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS at COMMONWEAL
“It takes a village to care for patients dealing with cancer, both for those at diagnosis and for those with advanced disease. Share The Care™ is a superb model for activating and sustaining that village. The model enriches the lives of all involved.”
James F Cleary, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Director, Palliative Care Program, University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
recently hibernated its 501c3 to go under the fiscal umbrella of the National Center for Civic Innovation. (see ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION). We remain dedicated to educating the public, health professionals and clergy about group caregiving as a proven option for meeting the needs of the seriously ill or dying, those in rehabilitiation, the elderly in need of assistance and their caregivers. ShareTheCaregiving™ uses a widely adopted group caregiving model known as Share The Care™ .
The Share The Care™ model provides a road map on how to take a group of ordinary individuals (comprised of friends, relatives, neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances) and turn them into a "caregiver family" to provide individuals and families with the help they need to meet the daily challenges of caregiving. (See ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION)
Sheila Warnock, founded ShareTheCaregiving™
in memory of her best friend and co-author, the late Cappy Capossela. (See THE AUTHORS/YOUR STORIES) Sheila also revised and updated Share The Care™ for a second edition in 2004. It contains valuable new information pioneered by "Cappy's Brain Trust" as well as many wonderful ideas and contributions from Share The Care™ groups around the country.
"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."
"I look at life differently now. I spend more time with positive influences, try to enjoy life more and don’t get as upset with things that in the past would have greatly upset me. Everyone, once in their life should have the opportunity to experience people working together to help other people. There’s no better fulfillment in life than to know that maybe you made one hour, one day or more a little brighter for someone."
~ J. Ambrose
"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
"I would do it again without even thinking. I would do it for a friend of a friend. I would even do it for a stranger."
~ J. St. Martin
“Each member brings their own resources to the situation - each person learns to reach deep inside and bring something of unique value to the situation, a sense of humor, comfort, support, a warm touch, a phone call, a dinner that takes the edge off the day."
~ A. Warren
"We went from a bunch of confused people who really cared about this little family, to this incredible network. We’re set up so no one person does it all. No one gets burnt out and Linda and Bob (her son) always have someone there for them."
~ S. Jansen
The Orange County Register
"I never imagined so many people would hold a ‘meeting’ for me. It’s actually hard to accept, to say ‘I need help’. But sharing all this gives me more peace of mind especially about Ben." (her son)
~ L. Simpson
The Orange County Register
"Family is not always defined by blood or marriage, but more often by love and commitment to each other."
~ E. Farrow Savos
daughter of Susan
(the First Funny Family)