Dr. Dominique Moyse Steinberg’s life demonstrates her unwavering commitment to helping people from every age group and corner of society. Her professional life, spanning three decades of hands-on innovative social work, proves the point; she has led support groups for teens in New York City’s toughest high schools, mediated in the courts, and taught legions of social workers in the northeast.
Several qualities distinguish Dr. Steinberg: she possesses a unique ability to translate complex ideas into understandable ones; insists on the dignity of each life; and is above all a practical, direct, and caring human being who moves through life with the conviction that problems can and should be solved. So, for example, when she noticed that her graduate students were anxiety-stricken by statistics, she wrote a student-friendly textbook that held students’ hands through graduate-level research. Seeking to achieve her vision that every person who requires the care of others to survive is treated with dignity, the resources she has created to customize elder care represent a labor of love. She has studied the scientific literature that suggests that person-centered humane care benefits both people in care and their caregivers. As a daughter and granddaughter she understands first-hand the shared journey of family members through aging and illness.
CustomElderCare Good Caregiver resources distill complicated notions about caregiving into practical applications and put tools into the hands of people who care for others. At the heart of it Dr. Steinberg presses our culture to make more progress in the way we give care to one another and especially, how we give care to the most vulnerable among us.
My mother loved this project! When I first introduced her to the idea of a manual, she thought that helping her caregivers really know her as a unique individual and not just “another old lady” was a great idea and helped me identify all sorts of information to include. Then, when I decided to use her manual to make a workbook that would help other caregivers do the same thing, she said, Quelle bonne idée!
My mother passed away in 2011, and I dedicate to her all my effort to helping people feel present and valued until their last breath. She helped me feel valued from my first breath, and I believe that in blending the best of my professional and personal experiences, I helped her feel valued until her last.
-Dominique Moyse Steinberg