SF Nurse Wins Nation`s Highest Caregiving Honor
... 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....
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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
"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
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.
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
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.
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
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
It was the first institution in the U.S. to focus on practical
skills training in home care for non-professional caregivers.
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
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.
Center for Caregiver Training
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