Transitions LifeCare and Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center Merger Complete

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Transitions LifeCare is pleased to announce a merger with Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center, effective January 31, 2021. The two non-profit, Triangle-based entities have been engaged in a management services agreement since 2015.

Transitions LifeCare’s CEO John Thoma explains, “Guiding Lights began out of the passion of two women driven to ensure caregivers, like themselves, were afforded support and resources often unavailable to “family” caregivers, those who work in uncharted territories and often for no pay. Guiding Lights was developed as a no-cost resource where caregivers, with one phone call, could be provided access to information and resources available in their community. Transitions LifeCare is committed to continuing this service to those in our community who find themselves often at a loss as to how to provide needed care to their loved ones.”

As a result of the merger, Guiding Lights Caregiver Support services are continuing as a valuable program within Transitions LifeCare. The caregiver referral specialists at Guiding Lights become employed by Transitions LifeCare with no interruption in services. Guiding Lights board chair Matt Fisher notes, “The work Guiding Lights has accomplished over these past 10 years is incredible and impactful. Thousands of caregivers have been connected with resources to help this underserved – and often overlooked – population provide invaluable support to their loved ones. On behalf of GL’s board, I share gratitude and best wishes to Nicole M. Clagett and Julie A. Falconer who co-founded this organization with a mission to ensure caregivers were heard, informed, and connected to the resources they so desperately needed.”

Caregiver support will continue through Transitions LifeCare as “Transitions GuidingLights” and several staff members have transferred from Guiding Lights to Transitions LifeCare.

About Transitions LifeCare
Transitions LifeCare was founded as Hospice of Wake County in 1979. Providing physical, emotional, and spiritual care to those living with an advanced illness, their caregivers, and those who have lost a loved one regardless of age, race, religion, or financial circumstances, we are guided by community-based boards of directors and supported by a dedicated professional staff that provides compassionate care that allows patients to enjoy every moment of their lives to the fullest.

About Guiding Lights
Transitions GuidingLights was founded by Nicole M. Clagett and Julie A. Falconer as Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center in 2010 to address the overwhelming need for caregiver support. In 2014, Guiding Lights and Transitions LifeCare formed a partnership designed to improve the work of both independent organizations, and in 2015 Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center became Transitions GuidingLights.

Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center provides information, referral, education, and support to family caregivers at no cost. Guiding Lights also supports professional caregivers by providing opportunities for education and enrichment.

Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center has been designed with caregivers in mind. It is our goal to have the very best resources and means of support to all local family and professional caregivers in order to diminish the fear, doubt and stress that comes with this very important piece of family life.

For more information contact Darcy Dye Bowers at 919-749-3088 or

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