Each quarter since 2005, The Senior’s Choice has honored one of our members’ caregivers with our distinguished “Caregiver of the Season” award, recognizing their dedication, passion, compassion, and outstanding achievement. The remarkable individual listed below is the kind of person who will be caring for your loved one when you hire a member of The Senior’s Choice to provide in-home care.
Carolyn Kilpatrick is a wife of 53 years, a mother of 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. and with all that family, you’d think Carolyn’s time would be completely spoken for. But Carolyn has yet another vocation—caring for seniors. Carolyn and her family moved to Carson City, Nevada in 1974. She came to work for No Place Like Home because, she says, “I love working with seniors, and found I could make a difference helping them with their needs and helping them stay in their homes as long as possible.”
Carolyn took care of her father when he became ill with lung cancer and she devotedly helped him until the end. She knows first-hand how hard caregiving can be, and how important it is to give the families of other seniors a needed rest.
“This is why I love working with seniors in their homes; I believe they are so much happier and will live longer, happier lives being in familiar surroundings. I just wish all seniors could have this advantage… being able to stay in their own familiar home is such a blessing.”
Carolyn cares for a gentleman (we’ll call him Jim) who lives in a memory care unit of a nursing home. She thought he would like some time out at the local fishing hole so she took him to buy his fishing license and a new pair of sneakers, and of course, a fishing hat. These fishing trips are the highlight of Jim’s days. They fish together, both wearing their fishing hats, and when Jim hauls in his catch, Carolyn is right there to snap a picture of Jim proudly holding his fish.
Sharon Ragsdale, Carolyn’s supervisor says, “We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful caregiver as Carolyn and we are so honored to be part of the care team for Jim… it’s a privilege to be his ‘adopted family’.”
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