Caring Matters
April 2020

Transitions GuidingLights Caregivers Support Center, a local charity that supports family caregivers will remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Free information, referrals, education, and support can be accessed by calling Monday-Friday 9-5 (919) 371-2062. You may also email If you find yourself needing extra help or resources during this time, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Remembrances for the Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
                remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
                remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
                remember those who must choose between      
                preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children
                when their schools close
                remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
                remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
                In the tumult of the economic market
                remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
                remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot
                physically wrap our arms around each other,
                let us yet find ways to be
                a loving embrace to our neighbors.

prayer from the Interfaith Network Council, Cincinnati

YOUR HELP is needed

Transitions LifeCare is in  need of the following personal protective equipment, or " PPE":


  • masks:  surgical/procedural, N95 (no handmade masks at this time, please)
  • face shields and googles
  • medical/isolation gowns
  • gloves:  exam/surgical (all sizes)
  • hand sanitizer
  • wipes:  bleach and alcohol
"Our dedicated healthcare workers are experiencing the same mental, physical and emotional exhaustion healthcare workers all over the world are experiencing," notes Transitions LifeCare's CEO John Thoma. "Transitions LifeCare's leadership is focusing all our efforts, all our work, on protecting our staff and patients in the community and in the Hospice Home. And, like other healthcare organizations, we are faced with a current shortage of personal protective equipment. We're grateful to the community for any supplies they can send our way."

T ransitions LifeCare
250 Hospice Circle
Raleigh, NC 27607

POP-UP Food Pantry  
Another way you can help 
Transitions LifeCare make a difference!   


In an effort to match patients' and families' need for meals with volunteers' desire to continue to make a difference, our Volunteer Services department is excited to announce a POP-UP food pantry!

How you can help:
* Donate!
* Share this information with your circle of friends and family, faith community, or others

What we need:
* We welcome factory-sealed, non-perishable products and beverages, refrigerated or frozen items and fresh produce.

Drop-off details:
* Location: Transitions LifeCare, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, 26707
* Drop Off Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
* Drop Off Times: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
All donors are asked to remain in their vehicle during drop off. It's best to have all items in a plastic bag or box in your trunk so we can ensure proper distancing. In your bag or box, please provide contact information (name, email or physical address) so we can know who to thank!

Call us at 919-828-0890 with any questions about Transitions LifeCare's POP-UP Food Pantry.
Caregivers Corner: 4 steps to protect those who are elderly and at risk during the novel coronavirus outbreak

Older adults are more vulnerable to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) due to compromised immune systems and underlying health conditions. Seniors, loved ones, caregivers, and the community at large play a vital part in preventing the spread of disease and protecting seniors from coronavirus.

Here are some tips on how to support seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Take a stand for our community to protect those who are most at risk
  2. Slow the Spread and Stay Home
    • High-Risk Population
    • People aged 60+
    • People with chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, lung disease
  3. Take Care of Yourself and Your Family
    • If sick, isolate and call a medical professional
If you are caregiving for a loved one and would like to get connected with others in our community who are walking the same path join ABC11's Caregivers Corner moderated by Nicole Clagett.  The group has 1000+ people supporting one another and sharing wonderful information and resources daily.

More helpful tips can be found on ABC11's Caregivers Corner section.
While graduations have been canceled nearby, it's a Pomp and Circumstance graduation walk  for our NA 1 Graduates at GuidingLights!!!!

Cherie Hylton, our new RN Program NA1 Coordinator, has just graduated an excited group of new NA1s who are ready to work and support our senior community! Congratulations to the first Class of 2020!  


This pilot class of 8 adult students graduated March 19. The last day of clinical practice at Springmoor Health Center had to be relocated to our lab due to COVID-19 restrictions. It was touch and go if they would even let us finish-but we did!!

All students are ready to take their North Carolina State Certification Exam but are awaiting lifting of "on hold " status. A practice day will be offered to rehearse their skills.

Six have been offered positions with Transitions LifeCare and two graduates already work for HomeWatch CareGivers!
Cherie Hylton, our new RN Program NA1 Coordinator and Educator, has just graduated this excited group of new Certified Nurses Aides.   
With so many older people moving to the Triangle and surrounding counties-the need for competent, compassionate hands on care is only growing and this group is ready to work and support our senior community!

Recently relocated from Syracuse, NY, Cherie worked as a Nurse Aide Program Primary Instructor and then as a Cognitive Health Specialist at the Centers at St. Camillus working alongside people with dementia and their caregivers. 

Additionally she was a Community Educator for the Joint Caregivers Institute, presenting on a variety of topics such as Brain Health, Hands-On-Care for Caregivers and Life after Caregiving Ends. She continues to serve as a Master trainer for Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an evidence -based 6 week program that helps empower caregivers.

Her motto,  "Often -the "little things" ARE the big things"

We are glad to have her join our team!
Aging Matters
Saturday, 7pm - 8pm

 "Aging Matters" helps you navigate the many choices and issues we face as we care for an aging loved one.
Join hosts Jason Kong (WPTF) and Nicole Clagett (Transitions GuidingLights), along with special guests, as they discuss the issues affecting the aging population in North Carolina and America.
Following is the link to our most recent podcast and below you can connect to ALL EPISODES! 


Caring for a loved one can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. Caregivers understand they have a job to do as a full-time member of their loved one's care team. Caregiving can be shared among you, your family, your case manager, therapist or even your doctor.

The Caregivers Summit provides respite, resolution, and resources as you navigate life's transitions.

We have three conferences available; choose the one - or ones - that best suit your location and/or calendar. Download a  Promotional Caregivers Summit flyer .
Tuesday, August 18, 2020  CHAPEL HILL
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2020  RALEIGH
McKimmon Center

1101 Gorman St, Raleigh, NC 27606
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Monday, December 14, 2020 
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is STRONGLY encouraged as we cannot guarantee we'll be able to accommodate walk-ins on conference day.
Breakfast Service Meetings
held at
Renaissance Funeral Home
(no charge to attend)

We would love for you to get involved in our service projects! Breakfast meeting dates for 2020 are:


July 16

September 17

November 19


Meeting Location:

Renaissance Funeral Home

7615 Sixforks Road

Raleigh, NC 27615


Luncheon Networking Meetings
held at
North Hills Club
$20 for HART members
$25 for non members

Join us at our industry networking luncheon meetings! We can't wait to see you there. Lunch networking meeting dates for 2020 are:



June 18

August 20

October 15

December 17


Meeting Location:

North Hills Club

4824 Yadkin Drive

Raleigh, NC 27609 

To register for HART, 
click HERE  or contact:

Shelly Slaczka

HART Membership $150
Annual Renewable
Commitment Click  HERE to Join

Information & Referral

T ransitions GuidingLights is pleased to offer information and referrals to caregivers seeking resources for a loved one. Caregivers may drop in or call during regular business hours to receive personally tailored referrals to meet their specific care needs. Transitions GuidingLights provides referral services FREE of charge to family caregivers. Call (919) 371-2062 for help TODAY or 

Join our Facebook support group when you can't leave home.

ABC11's Caregivers Corner is a place where you can connect with fellow people giving long term care to a loved one, be it a grandparent, parent or sibling. This group is moderated by ABC11 and Nicole. Simply search for "Caregivers Corner" in your Facebook search bar.

You can meet Nicole and other caregivers on our Facebook group  here.
Skills Lab for Family Members

Are you unsure of the best way to manage transfers or how to provide assistance with activities of daily living for a loved one? If so, contact us and we would be glad to set up an appointment with one of our nurses who will meet with you to practice the skills you need to become a more confident caregiver. Contact us by clicking  here.

3739 National Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, NC 27612 ยท 919.371.2062