Since she was a little girl, Kimberly Stanford wanted to become a nurse. At 15, Stanford had to take care of her mother, who was in a motorcycle accident. From then on, Stanford knew that she had what it would take to reach that goal.
“I knew that I could stomach certain things,” she said.
Stanford became a registered nurse more than 22 years ago. She also holds a business degree. During her 18 years of home- healthcare work, Stanford helped other people start home-healthcare companies and did consulting work for other businesses.
But the business world made her feel detached from clients. So, in April 2008, Stanford founded A Bridge for Independence LLC. Her mission was to create a caregiver network that would allow clients independence and the ability to stay at home, even when facing major illnesses. She wanted to serve clients of all ages — not just the elderly — and provide mental- and-health support, in addition to care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
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Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.