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.
I would like to nominate our caregiver, Charlene Jones for Caregiver of the Season.
Charlene has worked in our community for decades in various facets of healthcare with her late husband. Although retired, she came to us desiring to stay active herself while contributing value to the lives of others.
One of Charlene’s first clients was “MeMa,” a client with a combined diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. When Charlene first started her tenure with our company, she indicated that there was a maximum she could work in one year or she would have to “pay back” a portion of her social security. When that maximum was reached she refused to be removed because her client needed her.
Charlene displays the heart of a true caregiver. Here is testimony of the impact she has had from MeMa’s daughter, who says it all:
“From the first day we met Charlene, I have been amazed by her boundless energy and sweet spirit. I know, without reservation, she is dedicated to Mother’s care and to making her daily life as good as it can be.
Charlene is always mindful of Mother’s physical needs and limitations and works each day to gently push her to keep strong and healthy. She never seems to tire of helping her walk or exercise her legs or just keep moving. As important as this is–and it certainly is very important–that is not the best part of what she does for our family.
She has devotion and prayer with Mother every day, she brings music and they sing together, she reads inspirational stories to her. She took the time to ask and learn about our families—so she could discuss Daddy, Mother’s children and grandchildren and even Mother’s own childhood with her. When her mind is confused and she is scared, I trust Charlene to know how to lead her back. I can rest in the knowledge Mother will be taken care of and loved today. She will be treated with dignity and respect. This is priceless to me.”
Julie-Ann Parrott, CSA
RetireEASE Senior Services, Inc.