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Kathy Shoaf

Kathy Shoaf

RN, BSN, ATP
Franchise Owner

Elite Caregiver Respite / Dementia Friendly cruise and conference event

February 17-24, 2019
Round trip from Ft. Lauderdale FL

7 nights on Holland America's New Flagship the Nieuw Statendam
The Focus of this Respite cruise event is:
"Create amazing moments for All of our clients while providing Lifelong Memories for their caregivers."

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"Elite Caregiver Celebration / Respite Cruise" Dementia Friendly- RN supported.
Host: Kathy Shoaf RN BSN ATP Owner Elite Cruises And Vacations LLC.

Call today space is limited (219) 608-2002

Kathy@EliteCruisesAndVacations.net

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Cruise Ships Koningsdam

Take home realistic, actionable, systems, and ideas. Caregiver circles, spa time, and personal space on Holland America's new flagship the Nieuw Statendam.

Happy Women on Cruise Beautiful Ocean

The Conference Includes Daily Caregiver Respite Sessions, Relaxation, Custom Group Events, Caregiver Circles, Sr. Zumba, Interactive Education
AND a GUARANTEE of NO SNOW!

Clients And Their Care Partners Who Have Been Diagnosed With:
Cognitive Impairment, Heart Disease, Dementia, Diabetes, MS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Arthritis, CVA, Weakness, Cancer, Slow Walkers, COPD, and those that simply need a little bit of additional assistance... are perfect for our cruise group.


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Event Programming will Include:

  1. RNs and geriatric care professionals will lead a dedicated cruise support team from Elite Cruises And Vacations LLC.
  2. Senior-Friendly activities and social events specifically geared to our group.
  3. Daily Senior Zumba with Loretta
  4. Respite sessions for caregivers will be included with the conference 
  5. Interactive conference topics created to "Enjoy Life"
    + "Living Well with Dementia"
    + "Diabetes and a Great Life"
    + Mobility safety… Live safe, Be safe… Enjoy
    + Capture Life’s best and simplest memories with pictures.
    + Overcome the obstacles and Keep going.
  6. Daily agenda of activities to be incorporated with the daily activity schedule of Holland America Cruise Line.
  7. Private Group Welcome cocktail party.
  8. Group dinner seating available every evening.
  9. Optional group shore excursions in each port escorted by a staff member. (shore excursions are at an additional cost)
  10. Pre-cruise group hotel with Cruise Support Team staff to meet and greet you upon arrival and manage transportation to the cruise departure port. (hotel at additional cost)
  11. Accessible accommodations and mobility assistance. All cabins can be retrofitted to be handicapped accessible.
  12. Scooters, manual wheelchairs, and transport chairs are available for rental on a weekly basis


Arrangements made for assistive devices as requested on a per item rental basis, delivered to and picked up from the ship; scooters, power wheelchairs, power recliners, etc.

All cabins on the ship can be retrofitted to be accessible. Elevated toilet seats, shower chairs, detachable shower-heads can be added to any cabin at NO additional cost.

Cruise guests and or caregivers must be able to manage their own personal care needs, mobility about the ship and in port along with and medication management. Elite Cruises and Vacations LLC can assist cruise guests/ caregivers, answer questions and problem solve. We can also assist in obtaining personal / private caregiver services to provide hands-on assistance for personnel care at an additional cost.

All medical and mobility needs can be managed with appropriate communication and planning prior to the cruise.

The MS Nieuw Statendam is the sixth ship in Holland America’s history to bear the name Statendam.
Like sister-ship the Koningsdam, the Nieuw Statendam is one of the largest in the fleet and combines classic hallmarks of the cruise line with innovative venues. Guests can enjoy some of the finest dining at sea by indulging in Pacific Northwestern dishes at Pinnacle Grill, brasserie-style seafood at Sel de Mer, authentic Italian at Canaletto, or exotic Asian cuisine at Tamarind. For more relaxed meals, try al fresco dining by the pool at Dive-In or grab a slice at New York Pizza. Wine connoisseurs and novices alike can experience the art of winemaking at BLEND by Chateau Ste. Michelle. America’s Test Kitchen features live onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops where guests can learn techniques and recipes from experienced chefs. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon is the perfect spot for pampering with facials, massages, thermal pools, heated ceramic lounges, and more. Visit the Digital Workshop and learn how to edit, display, and share videos and photographs. Kids will have plenty to do onboard at Club HAL, Holland America’s kids club, and fitness buffs can enjoy the sport court, jogging track, fitness center, and two swimming pools. Nightlife options abound on the Nieuw Statendam, with entertainment venues such as B.B. King’s Blues Club, Lincoln Centerstage, World Stage, and the casino. Guests have an array of stateroom options to choose from, including family oceanview staterooms and signature suites. All staterooms come equipped with luxurious bedding, flat-panel TV, bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, and premium massaging shower heads.

Date Port Arrive Depart
Sunday, February 17 Fort Lauderdale, FL 5:00 pm  
Monday, February 18 At Sea    
Tuesday, February 19 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands 8:00 am 3:00 pm
Wednesday, February 20 San Juan, Puerto Rico 1:00 pm 11:00pm
Thursday, February 21 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 8:00 am 5:00 pm
Friday, February 22 At Sea    
Saturday, February 23 Half Moon Cay, Bahamas 8:00 am 3:00pm
Sunday, February 24 Fort Lauderdale, FL 7:00 am  

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Kathy Shoaf
Kathy Shoaf RN BSN
(219) 608-2002
Kathy@EliteCruisesAndVacations.net

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