Maria Meyer has been a long-time advocate of social causes, beginning with her work as co-founder of the Society for Abused Children of the Children’s Home Society of Florida and founding executive director of the Children’s Foundation of Greater Miami. In 1993, when her father-in-law suffered a stroke, Maria became aware of the need for better information about how to care for an aging parent, a responsibility shared by millions of Americans. That experience led Maria to found CareTrust Publications and to co-author the award-winning guide, The Comfort of Home® A Complete Guide for Caregivers—now in its fourth edition—earning the Benjamin Franklin Award in the health category and Finalist in the Book of the Year award by ForeWord Reviews. Maria has co-authored a caregiver guide series—including the MS, Stroke, Parkinson, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Lung Disease, Chronic Liver Disease and Chronic Heart Failure—editions. She is a keynote speaker and workshop leader on caregiver topics to health care professionals and community groups, as well as, the Northern California Caregiver Community Action Network (CCAN) volunteer for the Caregiver Action Network (formerly the National Family Caregiver Association). For more than 10 years, Maria has practiced Taoist Tai Chi® and is a Beginning Instructor of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, Inc. Maria and her husband live in San Francisco.
Paula Derr has been employed by the Sisters of Providence Health System for over 37 years. The past seven years she has been working in the Quality Management office as Quality Coordinator. She is author of emergency medical services field guides for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), paramedics, and nurses and has co-authored numerous health care articles. For Paula, home care is a family tradition of long standing. For many years, Paula cared for her mother and grandmother in her home while raising two daughters and maintaining her career in nursing and health care management. Her personal and professional experience adds depth to many chapters of this book. Paula is active in several prominent professional organizations—OrAHQ, NAHQ, ENA,and AACN, —and is an officer on the OrAHQ Board. Paula is a native Oregonian and lives with her husband in Portland.