What Dr. Cheryl
Mathieuís clients and families are saying:
Dear Cheryl, You
have not only been the person to counsel, advise, coordinate and
locate resources, you are to a great degree responsible for my
present sanity. Without your help in the care of my parents and
counseling of me, I truly donít know what I would have done.
But, with your help my parents are happy and healthy in their
own home. And, I have the freedom to make the best out of a
difficult situation. I know the future will present many
challenges and issues for their care. I take great comfort in
knowing that you will be there to help.
Cheryl, You have been a lifesaver for me and have helped me
to believe that everything that could be done was done. Without your assistance, I would not have been
able to keep all those balls in the air. I will not hesitate to
ask for your assistance when I need help in the future and will
send you an email down the road to let you know how we are
doing. If you ever need a reference, donít hesitate
to ask. So, again, thanks for you help and prayers. I can
honestly say I look forward to paying your bill. Itís rare that
I feel I got such great benefit for the cost. All the best to
Cheryl, Words cannot express how grateful we are for all that
you do for my mother. You are an amazing person who has helped
to restore my faith in humanity. After a number of years of
banging our heads against the wall you have made life so much
nicer. Thank you for being loving, caring, and tough when you
need to. I am eternally grateful for everything you do to make
the lives of my mother and brother richer and more fulfilling.
Your gentle spirit has touched my familyís life and brought
peace to my soul. With deepest gratitude for all you do,
Wow...Cheryl I am totally speechless! You have done so much for
our family and I am so grateful that the Lord has blessed us
with your kindness. I seriously donít even know how we could
have ever handled all this without you. Thanks sooo much for all
your help. Your support, help, and compassion have seen our
family thru some of the darkest moments in our lives. Thank you
very much for being with us during the most difficult times. You
really are the best!
Thanks, Cheryl. Youíve been a great help. I couldnít have
gotten through this by myself without your help. With all the
bad luck Iíve had, you are one of the good things to happen to
When my father was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Cheryl
was a great support to me and my family. Throughout his lengthy
illness, while we were adjusting to the realities of the
diagnosis, Cheryl was there, creating innovative ways to make my
dad more comfortable and assisting him in maintaining his
independence for as long as possible. She even went so far as to
video record my dad as he told stories of his life. Those tapes
have become priceless family heirlooms for us.
Cheryl listens beyond the words and thinks outside the box. She
helped to deepen and enrich our experience, while allowing my
dad to maintain his dignity and sense of purpose to the very
end. It was a real blessing to be so supported and uplifted
during this sacred time.
You are a magician! I cannot express how much I appreciate
everything you have done and how much reassurance you have
provided to everyone involved, not least of all, me. I am so
grateful for your involvement! Many, many thanks.
Cheryl Ė Mother saved this stationery for decades to be used
for special thank you notes. I can think of no better use than
to say ďthank youĒ on her behalf for the patient and
understanding care that you gave her. Mother was very clear in
her desire to live out her life in her own home. You made
fulfilling that wish possible. Your skill, your kindness, and
your wisdom made her life comfortable and secure. I too express
my deepest gratitude. When I first met you, I was overwhelmed by
the problems of arranging for motherís care while living in
another city. You made it possible for me to spend time with mom
that was focused on connecting with her, unclouded by worries
about her care management. Your care for mother was deeply
reassuring for me. It allowed me to sleep at night without
fretting about motherís situation, knowing that you would look
after her and protect her. Thank you so much for all that you
Love, John. K.
Cheryl, I wish to acknowledge the magnitude of the project you
undertook to improve the quality of my life. I was living in a
dirty and decrepit mobile home without the energy or physical
ability to improve the situation. While I was hospitalized for
two months, you proposed a plan to downsize, pack, and store my
belongings; remove the old structure; replace it with a new one;
and reinstall my belongings so that I simply had to walk in and
resume my life.
I cannot tell you how much I was impressed by such an offer,
which was beyond anything I would have expected from my closest
friends. Even more impressive was the efficiency with which you
managed the project, which entailed extensive research,
negotiating the purchase of the trailer, overseeing that its
design was modified to meet my physical needs, arranging
temporary living arrangements and care for me when there was a
gap between my hospitalization and installation of the new home,
and acting as my general agent in the many related matters. At
all times during this undertaking you kept me informed and
carried out any wishes I had with great precision.
I am, by nature, not someone who relies often or easily on
others yet, at all times, I was comfortable with your capable,
professional handling of the great variety of tasks entailed in
this project. Neither am I given to gushy overstatement but I
can honestly say that, when I walked into my new home and saw it
for the first time, it was one of few defining moments in my
life; I realized that I had a worthwhile future still ahead of
You have changed my life at a level which simply cannot be
repaid. I remain forever indebted to you.
Kent W., Lake Forest
Thank you so much for the care you offer our family. Your joy
and presence are priceless.
Dear Cheryl, I donít know if I can convey how much your
support and our conversations meant to me while Mom was under
hospice care. You had a way of lifting my spirits, giving me
insights, and helping me to let go. And letting go was not just
of Mom, but of other things that helped the rest of the family
be a part of the end of Momís life. I recognize how valuable
your job is. I send you my love.
B.L., Long Beach
(written to the friend who referred him) The
information you shared is more than golden, it's platinum! We've
made contact and engaged, she's great. Thanks for sharing this
pearl. We will continue to "pay it forward" as able.
Cheryl, we are looking forward very much to your helping my
mother-in-law, having added our family to your list of fans
after your kindness and magic with my father. Thank you again
for being such a great resource--and comfort.
(After working with his mother-in-law) It is not hard to refer
people to you - your kindness, creativity and resourcefulness
with ďSallyĒ have restored much to her life (and her whole
Cheryl, I can never thank you enough for all your help along
the way. It means the world to my mom and me. Thanks for getting
her to the next level.
If you allow Cheryl to take the reigns of your senior health
care solutions, she will quickly and efficiently assess the
needs of the client and family, and will simply provide the best
viable solutions without question. It provides invaluable peace
of mind knowing that the best player is at bat for you all the
time, and you can sleep well knowing there are no solutions
better than hers.
Thank you for everything you did for my husband during the
final weeks of his life. Our family will never forget you.
Thank you so much Dr. Cheryl, you have been amazing. Since you
started working with Grandma, she has really been in a place I
havenít seen her in a long time. She has a great sense of ease.
I really appreciate it, so thank you.
Cheryl helps me feel like I AM somebody, like I am valuable.
She is truly a friend. One of the best things that has happened
to me is Cheryl coming into my life. I canít thank her enough.
She is not only my care manager, but now is my friend. She means
the world to me. I made her promise that when I pass away, she
will be the one to come comfort my wife and kiss me goodbye.
Cheryl, I will never forget the smile on Billís face when you
two were sitting on the porch, as the wind blew across his face.
He trusted you like no one else, and you kept your every word to
him. I am comforted knowing I can always call on you. Thank you.
Dear Cheryl, It is almost five months since by beloved David
went to be with the Lord. I could not have endured his five
final months without your incredible support. If I ever have
need of an advocate, you will be the person I will call!
Through you, I experienced patience, expertise in dealing with
his emotional ups and downs in facing death, and encouraging my
husband to do the things that needed to be done and taken care
of. In every way you sought to make him comfortable, whether it
was obtaining a bed table or a commode, you made it happen. When
his eyesight began to fail, you personally obtained and wired
additional lighting. If there was somewhere he wanted to go, you
made certain he got there, if it was at all possible. Your hours
of quiet listening and helping Dave focus on the most important
things that remained to be done were invaluable. He truly
depended upon you for things he would not ask me to do for him.
You helped Dave keep his mind and senses keen through
intelligent conversation and appropriate mental stimulation.
There is no way to express my gratitude for the way you walked
us through this valley. I have no doubt that your greatest gifts
are in dealing with seniors.
Additionally, I have observed the manner in which you are
serving as advocate for our friend Kent. Your tireless hours to
help him return to a safe environment, and regular trips to the
hospital to visit him are amazing! I can tell that you love
being of service to others. Your quiet manner and excellent
judgment help to make you an outstanding advocate.
Once again, thank you! You are loved.
C. Ryan Long Beach
What Dr. Mathieuís colleagues are saying:
Cheryl is a remarkable woman who is driven to improve the
quality of lives of those she comes in contact with. She is
kind, intelligent, and sensitive.
H. Coakley, PsyD, MSW
Cheryl has a capacity to share her time, resources, and
information with others that goes beyond what is typically
S. Estrada, MSW
Cheryl exemplifies all the qualities of a leader, is well
respected by her peers, and naturally assumes the role as
T. Cleveland, DSW
I have been impressed with Cherylís advocacy of Geriatric
Social Work. There are few others who would make the same effort
as Cheryl has for the benefit of others. She is also a great
source of encouragement.
K. Gustavson, MSW
Cheryl has earned the respect of her fellow social workers as
a leader in her field. She is highly talented, resourceful, and
K. Valles, MSW
Cheryl is an excellent leader; one with ideas, vision, and
T. Crieghton, BSW
I have witnessed many of the invaluable contributions Cheryl
has made on behalf of others towards the betterment of society.
She exemplifies leadership and compassion.
I. Resendez, MSW
Cheryl is motivated and others are motivated by her skills and
enthusiasm. She has touched many people in different community
settings and made a real difference in the community. Her work
is excellent and demonstrates high ethical values.
N. Carter, M.F.T., M.A.
Cherylís enthusiasm for assisting others in finding ways to
improve the quality of their lives comes through in her ability
to effectively encourage, motivate, and support those with whom
she interacts. Her values are solidly humane Ė and she walks her
J. Jenkins, L.C.S.W.
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