"Compassionate Care is our work and focus." - Roy Charles, Executive Director
St.Anthony's Caring Foundation was formed out of a great need as defined by the caregivers at St. Anthony's Home Healthcare, a company that provides in-home services to clients, such as light housekeeping, preparing meals, and personal hygiene.
When reviewing clients' issues with her caregivers, St. Anthony's owner heard repeatedly how sad, angry, depressed and frustrated many of their clients were, and how those emotions, often expressed to caregivers in inappropriate ways, were affecting their ability to do their jobs effectively.
In an effort to improve her clients' lives, an Organizational Consultant and Spiritual Director who had a strong background in teaching and coaching emotional and spiritual issues was hired and asked to visit clients in order to identify the factors causing their suffering.
After extensive review of research into healthcare and spiritual literature, and an organizational assessment of issues and client/caretaker interviews, and comprehensive training a visiting program was developed and implemented in order to help clients find greater joy in their lives.
After a test period of almost three years in which personnel were hired and trained, and hundreds of hours of client visits were made and analyzed to determine results, it became clear that the Compassionate Care Companion program could make a real difference in lives of those who are suffering.
As a result, St. Anthony's Caring Foundation's C3 program was launched, offering clients of all ages and backgrounds a greater understanding of their need to move beyond their distress and embrace what joy and happiness is possible in their lives.
My Companion and her trainer helped me to understand the spiritual solution offered in the 12 steps. Before that time, I had years of alcoholic addiction without understanding why I had not recovered despite many failed attempts. My Companion was unwavering in her support and never gave up on me. She’s been an angel to me. She’s provided me with resources, gave me strong consistent support through listening and guidance and shared her story of recovery with me. She encouraged me to seek further support through a treatment center which enabled me to embrace the spiritual solution and with all the other supports of my church group, and my family I was able to find recovery.
My Companion is a very compassionate person. She really listens to your needs and I find her a really good person to talk to. I thoroughly enjoy her company too. It’s been nice to get the visits because I don’t have many people to talk with or who visit me. She and I talk about a lot of things, my health, personal relationships and my life in general. When we discuss issues that concern me, she gives me good feedback and as a result, I always feel much better.
My time with my Companion has been very helpful. I enjoy her company because she listens to me, we laugh together and if I’m sad we discuss things and she gives me good feedback. We talk about all kinds of things that are happening in my life and with my feelings. It’s made a big difference. It brightened me up and made me happy. I particularly like the way she discusses things with me. She’s honest and she doesn’t put me down. If I ask her questions, she explains things without judging me.