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Book sparks caregiving movement

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Dennis Hines | September 25, 2013

ELKHORN — Mary Schroeder and other volunteers are ready to help local residents who serve as caregivers.

The Share the Care program enlists volunteers who want to assist someone who is homebound due to a medical condition or injury.

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The program is based on the book “Share the Care,” about a group of friends who come together to help someone who has been diagnosed with cancer.

Schroeder is a case manager for the Walworth County Aging and Disability Resource Center and a station manager for Share the Care.

“It's just a way to organize friends and family members to help care for the person who is ill, and it can be a short-term illness or a long-term illness,” said Julie Seeman, a family caregiver support specialist in Rock County and a Share the Care station manager. “I can see it working for a mom who has a really hard pregnancy and she has to be in bed for six months and maybe she's got another child.

"It's just a way to organize someone's family and friends to help with care.”

In Walworth County, the program has been in the works for about a year, Schroeder said.

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