Caregiver Helps Hospital Assist Other Caregivers
On rare occasions, catastrophe inspires greatness. Such was the case for Marian Hamilton, founder of the Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, which Marian Hamilton founded in 2006 after losing her husband to cancer.
Called a “900-square-foot oasis,” the center has three rooms to make families feel like they’re anywhere other than a hospital. Two social workers and over 25 volunteer coaches at the Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center have over 7,000 interactions with family caregivers each year. They provide support in a myriad of ways: discharge planning, assistance in finding the right nursing home, helping navigate Medicare matters, as well as dealing with end-of-life-issues and funeral decisions.
The idea for the center came about when Marian Hamilton’s husband, Ken, was dying of cancer. “Although he got good treatment, there was little care for caregivers like me,” says the Armonk resident, noting that there are 46 million caregivers in our country at any given time.
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