The Caring Heart award was created many years ago by Don Wells Sr., the original owner of our local Home Instead Senior Care office. Don always looked for the best in people and wanted to recognize those CAREGivers that showed exceptional compassion when caring for their clients; thus creating the Caring Heart award.
Betty is a perfect example of a compassionate CAREGiver that does her work with a "Caring Heart". Betty serves a client that often needs a quiet environment and lots of reassurance that she is safe. Betty has become an expert on interpreting her client's needs and meeting those needs by delivering a tranquil environment or saying the perfect words. The client's brother says, "Betty is patient with her, exceedingly kind, and seems to know instinctively when to assist [her] with a task or when to encourage her to do the task herself. When my sister suffers anxiety attacks, Betty is able to calm her with soothing words and gentle caresses. [She] trusts Betty, who returns that trust with affection and respect. I thank God that my sister's world has Betty Hughes in it". We are grateful for the talents Betty uses to make a positive difference in this client's world. Betty's "Caring Heart" is what makes her an awesome CAREGiver and this year's recipient of The Caring Heart award.
We are always happy to hear
about the talents and gifts that our CAREGivers use to brighten the lives of
the seniors they care for. This past month, Debbie used her gift of playing
the piano to engage her client who lives in a memory unit. Debbie said
the client smiled and clapped her hands to the songs and applauded when each
one was finished. There was another resident who does not speak but rolled over
in her bed and began to sing along. Thanks Debbie for going Above and
Beyond to bring such joy to your client’s life.
Judi is really good helping her
clients enjoy life. She has a client who enjoys watching birds, so Judi
and the client’s other CAREGiver went together and gave this client a
birdfeeder for Christmas. They also brought the client’s birdfeeder from
her home to sit beside the new birdfeeder outside the client’s window but
quickly realized that the bed was in the way of the client seeing the
birdfeeders. Judi turned the whole room around, so the client could get
her wheelchair right up to the window to watch the birds enjoy the bird
feeder. What joy this brought to the client. Thanks, Judi for
brightening the life of this client every day you are with her.
We want to highlight one of our ‘Snow Angels’ this month. Melissa
was available for extra hours with one of her clients on our snowy
weekend. It really helped her fellow CAREGivers who could not make it to
this assignment and it mostly helped their client have a familiar face with
him. Melissa knows this client’s routine and preferences and was able to
keep him (and his sweet dog) comfortable and safe and well cared for too.
Thanks Melissa for your Helping Hands.
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