Marian Hamilton established the Ken Hamilton Caregivers Center to provide support for caregivers. The Center provides a private sanctuary for caregivers to take time for themselves and receive nonjudgmental support and practical assistance in caring for their loved ones.
The Ken Hamilton Caregiver Center at Northern Westchester Hospital provides an “oasis” for caretakers with nonjudgmental emotional support and assistance in a friendly and tranquil atmosphere. Volunteers at the Caregivers Center provide practical assistance in everything from helping family members reach consensus with a loved one’s care, to helping to understand the discharge plans, to connecting community resources to provide caregiver support post discharge. Since 2006, at least 12 other hospitals have replicated the KHCC Family Caregiver Support model and KHCC has grown from 500 family interactions a year to over 8,000 per year.
Being a Women of Worth will increase awareness of the needs of family caregivers who deal with the daily struggle of caring for a seriously-ill loved one. It will enhance our ability to expand caregiver support services to more families and will also enable the Caregiver Center model to spread to additional hospitals and communities.