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SOURCE: Center for Caregiver Training

SF Nurse Wins Nation's Highest Caregiving Honor

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Co-Founder of the Center for Caregiver Training (formerly Home Care Companions) wins the Rosalynn Carter Caregiving Award for 2001.

Celi Adams, RN was honored with the Rosalynn Carter Caregiver Award for 2001, in recognition of her pioneering work with the San Francisco based Center for Caregiver Training. The award was presented by the former First Lady on October 25th, at the Rosalynn Carter Institute's Annual Conference in Columbus Georgia.

"Celi Adams has helped family members around the world provide care at home for their loved ones," Mrs. Carter said. "Through the Center for Caregiver Training, Ms. Adams has addressed the real needs of caregivers who want basic, practical information and instruction to solve everyday problems. I am delighted that such an outstanding individual is receiving our award."

"Celi Adams' work in providing training for caregivers of homebound individuals adds immeasurably to the resources in this area," said Dr. Ronda C. Talley, Institute executive director. "She joins a long line of outstanding contributors in this area who have all earned the Rosalynn Carter Caregiving Award."

Adams received a statuette crafted by sculptor Frank Eliscu, who designed the Heisman Trophy, and a cash award of $2,500. Adams is the ninth recipient of the honor since 1993.

"I'm thrilled to get this award," said Adams, "because it's a wonderful tribute to the thousands of caregivers who have taken our classes, and are doing all they can, every day, to support their loved ones. It's also a great tribute to the hundreds of colleagues, volunteers and donors who have helped us build our CAREGIVING 101 training program over the past 13 years."

Adams said she hopes the award will send a simple, but powerful message. "More than 25 million Americans struggle with serious illness each day. And if we, as a nation, are going to make sure they can thrive at home, we must teach their families and friends some basic practical skills."

Adams told Mrs. Carter, "We will leave the great state of Georgia with two major goals, to continue our FREE classes in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to help other organizations build CAREGIVING 101 programs in their own communities. It won't be easy," Adams admitted, "but your faith in us will make us stronger, and for that I thank you."

Adams dedicated the award to one of her students who is battling cancer. "Theresa reminded me why we do what we do," explained Adams. "She summed up our work better than I ever could. Here's what she had to say."

"We will all give care, or get care, at some point in our lives. Why should it be any more difficult because of ignorance? Everyone should take this course, and learn these skills for living. Whether I get better, worse, or stay the same ... I feel prepared. Because my family and I know what to do."

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development was formed in honor of Mrs. Carter in 1987. Through research, education and training, the RCI promotes the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and professional caregivers; encourages effective caregiving practices; builds public awareness of caregiving needs; and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities. These goals are met by forming partnerships with professionals, groups and individuals to deliver education and training programs, research and program evaluation around care needs, and policy and advocacy efforts that promote healthy individual development and increase community caregiving capacity.

The Center for Caregiver Training (CCT) was founded as Home Care Companions in 1988, by a group of friends caring for a person living with AIDS at home. It was the first institution in the U.S. to focus on practical skills training in home care for non-professional caregivers. Today, the CCT's mission is "to enable people living with a life-threatening illness to receive sufficient, appropriate, and affordable health care in their own homes, by training families, friends and partners in basic home care nursing skills." More than 3,200 men and women have attended the Center's FREE classes focused on HIV/AIDS, cancer, brain tumors, heart disease, lung disease, and care for frail elders.

SOURCE: Center for Caregiver Training

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