When you’re involved in caring for a loved one, it’s all too easy to forget how much you need support and spiritual nourishment to do the job well. The Caregiver’s Companion is a practical self-care resource created by the founders of Nourish for Caregivers, a Christ-centered, parish-based support group for those juggling the challenges of caregiving while holding down the fort at work and at home. Just a few moments each day with the encouraging readings and guided journaling can help you discover soul-nourishing respite, draw strength from your faith, and experience the blessings of each present moment.
Author bio: Debra Kelsey-Davis is the caregiver for her aging parents, a registered nurse, and the cofounder of both Nourish for Caregivers--which seeks to improve the health and spiritual wellbeing of caregivers--and Sagacity. Care--which connects patients, family caregivers, and healthcare providers with information they need. Her health care management leadership spans more than twenty-five years. Along with Kelly Johnson, Kelsey-Davis created and hosted a twelve-episode series for caregivers that is available through Shalom World TV.
She earned her RN degree at Illinois Central College in Peoria, Illinois, and her bachelor of science degree and master's in health services administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. Certified in lay ministry through the Archdiocese of Chicago's Called and Gifted Program, she has more than twenty years of ministry experience, including catechesis, RCIA preparation, Bible-study and small-group formation, and as a spiritual director for her church's Christ Renews His Parish program. Kelsey-Davis is a member of the National Association of Catholic Nurses. She lives in the Chicago, Illinois, area with her family.
Kelly Johnson is the adult faith formation director at St. Mary of Gostyn Catholic Parish in Downers Grove, Illinois, and the cofounder of Nourish for Caregivers--which seeks to improve the health and spiritual wellbeing of caregivers. She was an advertising executive until her then-five-year-old son developed a brain tumor and she cared for him during his illness.
Johnson is a member of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers, the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership, and the Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center Advisory Board. She earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and English from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated from the lay leadership program from the Institute for Pastoral Studies at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Along with Debra Kelsey-Davis, Johnson created and hosted a twelve-episode series for caregivers that was broadcast on Shalom World TV.