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With A Little Help Business Development Director Named Washington Home Care Association Conference Chair

July 8th, 2014

Shawn D'Amelio

Shawn D’Amelio

With A Little Help’s Director of Business Development, Shawn D’Amelio, is serving as 2014 Conference Chair for the Washington Home Care Association (WAHCA) formerly known as Washington Private Duty Association (WAPDA). In her role D’Amelio will plan and organize the annual WAHCA conference, Blooming with the Boomers, September 16 and 17, 2014 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. “I’m excited to serve as Conference Chair,” D’Amelio said. “Serving in this role is a wonderful learning opportunity for me and I have been blessed with a Conference Committee that brings a great deal of knowledge about home care and our industry as a whole.”

The Washington Home Care Association (WAHCA) is a 9 year old organization active in education, support and advocacy for best practices and industry standards that govern businesses providing Private Duty Home Care in Washington State. WAHCA member agencies such as With A Little Help are all licensed by the Washington State Department of Health. Their caregiving teams pass background checks and are licensed, bonded, trained and supervised. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet WALH Blogger and Caregiver: Sarel Rowe

June 27th, 2014

Sarel 6-16-14 - CopySarel was drawn to With A Little Help (WALH) in 2002 because of her interest in helping others. She enjoys the wisdom, sharing and continual learning in her work as a caregiver. Her care experience spans Dementia, ALS, Parkinson’s, MSA, and Cancer. Outside of professional caregiving she’s currently a long distance family caregiver for her mother who lives with advancing memory loss. She’s an amateur photographer and writer who began blogging in 2008. As well as blogging for WALH she contributes to 2 other blogs and maintains 4 Facebook pages on the subjects of poverty and aging. She loves to meet new people and to find time for gardening, cooking, walking, music, and her two cats.

Meet Linda Patrick, Artist and Caregiver

June 23rd, 2014

Linda at her first art exhibit

Linda at her first art exhibit

Linda’s interest in working with elders grew from experiences in family caregiving first with her courageous, lonely, loving grandmother and later her parents. During the five years that she’s shared her skills through With A Little Help she says she most enjoys “being a support to families.” Her own experience caring for parents helps her interact with client families. “I am able to offer a calm, neutral, and supportive influence,” she explained. “It is very heart opening to see families connect and support each other in times of need. I believe our families are the main way we can work through our karma/life lessons and if we don’t heal our relationships with them, we have really missed a great opportunity. I encourage everyone to do this difficult work of healing relationships with their own families. How else can we have peace on earth?” Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Ginny Moore, Caregiver and Author of: Don’t Make Lemonade; Leaning Into Life’s Difficult Transitions

April 26th, 2014

This is the first in a series of book reviews about health, aging, and caregiving but it also marks the launch of a blog series profiling our wonderful caregivers.  In these blogs we go beyond the demographic backgrounds of our staff and invite you to gain a deeper understanding of why our caregivers choose this meaningful work and why we’re proud to offer their service.

Meet Ginny Moore, caregiver and author of Don’t Make Lemonade; Leaning Into Life’s Difficult Transitions

What do we do when life gives us lemons? The reigning positivity in American culture tells us to make lemonade but author Ginny Moore, in her book Don’t Make Lemonade: Leaning Into Life’s Difficult Transitions, urges readers to “face the lemons.” In this engaging and honest book Moore portrays her challenging journey through adversity to empowerment with page turning skill. She draws universal themes around her complex personal experience and offers inspirational encouragement to readers going though loss and transition. With a trustworthy authorial voice like a wise friend Moore assures us that facing change and honestly processing emotions will lead to healing and greater understanding of our lives. This is a refreshing and validating book that I might read again—and again. Read the rest of this entry »

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