"Heart Wide Open" Caregiver Handbook Helps Manage Compassion Fatigue & Burnout -- Now Also Available In Spanish

"Heart Wide Open - Self-Care for Caregivers" handbook, is portable, powerful and "a lifesaver for everyone who has ever taken care of anyone else." Hospitals, hospices and other healthcare providers praise this bestseller for helping caregivers come back into balance. As a result of many requests, and in time for industry requirements, the handbook is also now available in a culturally appropriate Spanish language version, "Con el Corazon en la Mano."

Temecula, CA (PRWEB) September 25, 2007 -- In response to requests from healthcare providers, and in time for new industry requirements, Sterling Heart, Inc. (http://www.sterlingheart.com) announced the publication of Con el Corazón en la Mano (http://sterlingheart.com/heartwideopenspa.html), the new, culturally appropriate Spanish language version of their best-selling Heart Wide Open - Self-Care for Caregivers (http://sterlingheart.com/heartwideopenboo.html) handbook.

"We've had dozens of requests in the past two years for a Spanish version of our book," explains Patrick Murphy, President of Sterling Heart. "We're delighted to offer it just as JAHCO and other regulatory agencies require materials in Spanish. The translation by Sandra V. Hodes is both true to the sense of the book as well as to the cultural and language differences. We believe it's the only caregiver handbook available that addresses the unique needs of the Hispanic audience."

More than fifty million Americans identify themselves as caregivers - from baby boomers assuming increased medical and lifestyle responsibilities for their parents, to healthcare professionals and volunteers working in healthcare facilities and homecare programs. As a result of their experiences as hospice volunteers, Sterling Heart Inc.'s co-founders, Sandi Kimmel and Patrick Murphy (http://sterlingheart.com/aboutsterlinghea.html), created and published "Heart Wide Open" to address the effects of compassion fatigue and caregiver burnout. Now in its Fourth Printing, the handbook is small enough to fit in a pocket and powerful enough to be called "a lifesaver for anyone who has ever cared for anyone else." Since its introduction in 2005, thousands of people from all walks of life - parents, patients, nurses, cancer survivors, baby boomers, volunteers, therapists, clergy and counselors - have been soothed by its' gentle guidance and peaceful images. Others praise the handbook for "its' simplicity, warm messages, and practicality," and declare, "it does what it is."

Quantity discounts and custom versions are available for both the English and Spanish language editions. Many hospitals, hospices and other healthcare providers including the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, Kaiser Permanente, the Roswell Cancer Institute, Albany Medical Center, AseraCare, Vitas Innovative Hospice, Northern Westchester Hospital, Vista Care, re-order "Heart Wide Open" a few times a year, while others prefer their own custom version (with organization logo, mission statement and resource directory), and use them for a variety of purposes including: Nurse's Week, Volunteer Appreciation,Patient Families,Early Start Programs,Recognition Events, Promotions & Marketing, Nurse Recruiting, Community Outreach, Home Health Aides, Hospital Discharge packages, Fundraising, Resource Centers, Support Groups, Hospital Gift Shops, Comfort Care Baskets and Employee Appreciation Gifts.

As an added benefit, Sterling Heart, Inc. will donate a portion of their sales to charitable organizations of the choice of companies ordering the handbook.

Here's what some readers say about "Heart Wide Open" and "Con el Corazón en la Mano":

"This is a bedside, keep-close-to-you book." - Sue S., breast cancer survivor, IL

"You offer helpful, loving support for all caregivers." - Rev. Linda L., Chaplain, CA

"Great for staff, volunteers and families alike." - Steve B,     Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, NY

"The format and suggestions are great because of their simplicity. It's easily readable and doesn't require a big outlay of time which most stressed-out caregivers don't have." - Allan P., Social Worker, MA

"A wonderful mood-picker-upper for so many people in so many walks of life." - Marilyn P., cancer survivor, NY

Sterling Heart, Inc. provides a new generation of self-care resources, including music, books, workshops and training, for caregivers and healthcare providers. Patrick Murphy creates the look and feel of Sterling Heart materials, including their websites, books, cards and art prints. A former advertising agency president, his designs, photography and illustrations bring these heart-centered materials to life. Sandi Kimmel, a Musical Motivational Speaker and songwriter, brings her positive, soothing messages to all of their products. The company is headquartered in Temecula, CA, and is dedicated to making positive change in the world through heart-centered programs, products and services.

"Con el Corazón en la Mano" and "Heart Wide Open" retail for $7.00, and can be ordered online at www.sterlingheart.com. For information on wholesale pricing, quantity discounts and custom orders, contact Patrick Murphy, 619-838-1170.