Mission Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, and other administrators involved with elder care on Maine’s islands and peninsulas, meet in person with Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) workers three times a year, “to brainstorm how to make things work better,” Director Sharon Daley said.
Friday, January 27, 2017, Sharon Daley was in Augusta with a group representing four island elder care homes, meeting with eight DHHS workers.
Sharon said. “Many regulations do not always apply to smaller elder care homes. Asking questions directly, and explaining the nature of small homes, especially island homes, we’ve been able find some solutions to these problems. Everyone attending these meetings has the same goal: caring for our elders in the best way possible,” she said.
Director Sharon Daley is standing fourth from the right in the photo here.
“When we were on Matinicus this week the wind was going to come up, so the boat was only on the dock for 2 hours, and then left to anchor. Douglas and I walked on the island and visited the school and people in their homes and along the road as we walked.
“We then walked down to a dock to meet a lobsterman who was going to take us out to the Sunbeam at anchor. The one picture is the road Douglas and I walked down to get there. The other is the skiff leaving the Sunbeam after dropping us off.”
Director of Island Health Sharon Daley, RN is a leader in finding best ways to enable aging Maine islanders to live in their homes, communities. Maine Seacoast Mission was a cosponsor of this 2016 Aging on Islands Conference.
In this 38-minute presentation, you will hear Director Sharon Daley and colleagues give the conference audience their Perspective from the Islands. This work, panel Moderator Wendy Wolf reminds the audience, is “work” these professionals do “day-to-day.”
WORKING ON THE WATER VII A gathering of local mariners sharing their experiences through stories, songs, and poetry.
Saturday, November 12 at 1:00 PM Sail, Power, and Steam Museum
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Sharon Daley, R.N., has worked as the Director of Island Health on the m/v Sunbeam for the Maine Seacoast Mission for the past 15 years. The Sunbeam travels biweekly to the islands of Frenchboro, Isle au Haut, and Matinicus, and less frequently to Cranberry Islands, Monhegan, and Eagle Island, providing a variety of services to island residents. Sharon’s work in telemedicine brings health care directly to the islands, linking residents with medical specialists via the internet. “It has been a very special job and an honor to be part of the island communities.” Sharon lives on Islesboro with her husband, Tom. They owned Quicksilver Services Water Taxi for 13 years.
Summer in a Jar: Corn Relish
September 27, 2016
From the garden, Pickles and Preserves
By Sandy Oliver
This recipe came from my island neighbor Sharon Daley, the telemedicine nurse on the Seacoast Mission vessel, the Sunbeam, who somehow squeezes canning time in between trips to Maine island communities. I had not ever made corn relish and for some reason didn’t think I would like it. Sharon handed me a spoonful and changed my mind for me. “I knew I could convert you,” she said. Full Story
BAR HARBOR — Earlier this month, Maine Hospice Council (MHC) and Center for End-of-Life Care Executive Director Kandyce Powell, RN, MSN, traveled aboard the Sunbeam with Mission Director of Island Health, Sharon Daley, RN. Kandyce’s primary MHC responsibilities include improving the quality of life for the dying and bereaved, and she is a tireless advocate for the underserved, including rural Maine communities.
Kandyce Powell sent us this photo taken during her August trip with this note:
“My gratitude to Sharon Daley and the crew of the Sunbeam for the opportunity to make a trip to Eagle Island, Matinicus and Isle au Haut. Learning about the work of the Seacoast Mission has been richly rewarding, giving additional meaning to the phrase ‘rural outreach.’ Meeting the wonderful people who live on the islands, learning of their challenges and hearing about their appreciation for the kindness, skill and service of the Seacoast Mission crew is very touching. There’s no doubt this treasured organization with its rich history serves an incredible need for residents of the outer islands.”
Sharon Daley said, “Having done hospice work, and knowing of Kandyce’s work, it was a real pleasure and honor having her along. I have always seen similarities between the work of the Mission and hospice. It is all about caring for the whole person: physical, spiritual and mental. And this is what I see myself and the Sunbeam crew trying to do to the best of our abilities.”