Sr Cecelia Shreuder worked as a registered nurse for many years in hospitals and hospice facilities. She has a tremendous passion for the elderly and terminally ill patients. Her concern has always been that most of these patients would prefer being at home in an environment that they are accustomed to and also have their family around them at all times.
Cecelia explored Home Nurse care and also nursed a specific paraplegic patient for many years. It was certainly a better situation and healing space than that of a rushing hospital with limited visiting hours. The lady she took care of healed entirely from her porfuri and is a functioning teacher till this day. Due to the success of her treatment Cecelia embarked upon the idea of training and placing care takers in the homes of terminally ill or elderly patients.
Many patients cannot afford a registered nurse by their side 24 hours a day. This inspired the idea of training like minded individuals to do most of what a terminally ill or bed ridden patient would require.
In 1999 Caring Hands was established.