BY LINDA DARDEN
President and CEO, Trellis Supportive Care
In a magazine that celebrates and elevates the women in our community, I’m thrilled to shine a spotlight on the women who make up the fabric of Trellis Supportive Care, and who ultimately bring comfort and peace of mind to patients and families in our care. I am also eager to acknowledge the many women in our community who find themselves in the role of caregiver and healthcare decision maker for their family.
Who are the Women of Trellis Supportive Care?
I have the honor of working with nearly 250 women at Trellis Supportive Care. Women make up roughly 93% of our team. We live in towns and neighborhoods across the Piedmont Triad, and we are as diverse as the people and communities we serve. Each brings unique talents and passions that are essential to the success of our team. For these women, their work is not simply a job, but rather a calling. I see the passion, and compassion, day in and day out.
The contributions and the care I see being given paint a picture that is both heartwarming and impressive. It illuminates the hands-on care of our gifted clinicians, and it spotlights the expertise of our administrative teams, from quality and compliance, to education, finance, and so much more.
Imagine for a moment that you see what I see. A nurse driving to a home in the middle of the night to provide comfort and peace of mind to a family. A social worker sitting knee to knee, offering guidance and hope to an exhausted caregiver. You might even see a music therapist soothing the soul by helping a patient find connection and meaning through music.
Above all else, I hope you see, as I do, a group of remarkable women who make up the incredible framework of supportive care that gives people a place to turn for comfort and hope when they need it most.
Women, Family, and Caregiving
The women of Trellis Supportive Care look like the women across the communities we serve. Many are daughters, sisters, mothers, and aunts, and understand the demands of juggling personal and professional life. Like many of you, these women are often caregivers and the ones making important healthcare decisions for loved ones.
If you are caring for a loved one, or know someone who is, it is important to recognize the emotional toll it takes. Caregiver fatigue is real and results from the exhausting work caregiving can be. Offering a hand, or even a few words of encouragement to a caregiver can go a long way.
Finally, if you are caring for a loved one, you may know all too well how challenging it can be. I want to encourage you to take care of yourself, too, by seeking and accepting support. There is no reason to go it alone. We offer workshops designed specifically to provide real, hands-on tips and tools to help navigate.
With the additional demands of the holidays, this is not a time to be overwhelmed by unplanned trips to the hospital and emergency department. Calling us for help may very well be the first step in alleviating worry and anxiety. Your loved one can live comfortably at home surrounded by friends and family during the holidays, with our team providing support and expert care. You don’t need to wait for your doctor to make a referral. Whether it is to learn more about our caregiver workshops, or the support of palliative or hospice care, your call could lead to the peace of mind you deserve.
Join me in celebrating the women in our organization, as well as the women in your life who are giving of themselves to provide care and support to those in need.
To learn more about support available to you, please call us at 336-768-3972.
Linda Darden, President and CEO, Trellis Supportive Care