Our Caregiver of the Month for June is Ernestine L. She recently worked with a new Alzheimer's client and the family said they “loved, loved, loved” her and she can become a part of their family!
She knew her client had dementia, so she brought activity pads, puzzles and cards along. They went for a ride and got “really big” ice cream cones - which they both ate. The client was also very impressed with even the smallest things - including her beautiful handwriting in our Client Journal. The family couldn't be happier! Thank you Ernestine for all of your great work.
Jackie B. may just be one of the most positive, energetic people that we have ever met. Her philosophy is that as a CAREGiver, you have to find humor in your day – regardless of what happens during the shift. Because of her attitude and humor, she has a special place in the hearts of all of her clients.
This was clearly evident last month when we contacted Jackie to help us out with a unique situation – a man wanted to return home from a skilled nursing facility, but his home wasn't exactly ideal. It would have been very easy for Jackie to say "No way" when she saw the condition of the home, but not Jackie. She immediately rolled up her sleeves (literally), put a smile on her face and worked hard to make his move home a good one. She worked longer hours than her normally availability and changed things around at her own (hectic) life so she could be available for her client. They instantly became fast friends. He would allow Jackie to help in ways he would never let anyone help him before and his family soon began calling her "his angel." We always tell our CAREGivers they have a chance to change the lives of their senior clients – this is just one example of how Jackie made a HUGE impact in the life of a man when he needed it the most.
Congratulations to our 2014 CAREGiver of the Year - Michelle!
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