I have been with Hospice Savannah for six years, my first year as a volunteer with Volunteer Services and then volunteering to assist in getting our Edel Caregiver Institute
(ECI) operational. From volunteer to now Program Coordinator for ECI, I have been very fortunate to work with remarkable and supportive colleagues.
Why you are passionate about helping caregivers?
Family caregivers are so unique in not only their personal situation and the surrounding dynamics, but in how they approach a job that can be thankless. They personally take on the responsibility of another's well-being, often at the expense of their own mental and physical health and social interests, and are often constantly judged by others. Yet, they do what they feel they are supposed to be doing. I find it humbling and a privilege to be invited in and trusted by these families at such a crucial time.
What we would be surprised to know about you?
When I was in college, I went to Hollywood, CA to stay with a family friend and would go to work with her at Paramount Studios where she co-starred on "Cheers". On the day they were to tape, she asked if I wanted to be an extra in that evening's episode, "Backseat Becky, Up Front" and sent me to wardrobe - I wore one of Frasier's sweaters for the taping. Hanging out and working with the cast and crew was awesome as I was already a fan of the show and the history of Paramount Studios.
If YOU need a listening ear, a support group, or practical help with caring for your loved one,
reach Jill at 912.629.1331. More information here, or simply text Edel Caregiver to 22828
to sign up for emails on current offerings.