STC Can Support Your Patients and Families
The Person Needing The Care
Since 1995, the STC model has demonstrated the ability to make a differerence, regardless of the situation. No matter if a person (adult, teen or child) is in need of short-term or long-term rehabilitation following surgery, an accident or combat; has a disability; or is suffering from long-term or terminal illness, STC can help. The model is also used to support people struggling with the difficulties associated with aging.
STC teams have assisted people facing other difficult situations including: the frail elderly living alone; a widower with 7 kids; people recovering from a broken back and/or limbs; parents with newborn quadruplets, triplets, and preemie twins; grandparents raising small children; and teens transitioning to foster care, as well as someone with a hoarding issue.
Today a significant and a growing number of people live alone. Many who are ill or disabled live alone far from family or without any family at all. What better antidote to fear and isolation than a “created family”.
The only thing that limits STC is one’s imagination.
Health Professionals Help A STC Group
Because the model is rooted in teamwork and making the most of everyone’s time, experience and skill sets, STC can be applied to any situation to provide comfort for the person needing the care. .
The following example demonstrates how health professionals taught family caregivers and team members (who felt comfortable doing so) critical homecare skills for an ALS patient.
Peg’s Legs – by Kimi Chun
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.
STC informs caregivers and group members to always seek professional help to learn critical homecare skills or receive special training to support the needs of their care recipient.