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.
Christina Grooms provides care for a mother and her son in their home, both of whom are clients of ours. Jewel has mid-stage Alzheimer’s and is incapable of managing the day-to-day activities in her household. Edward has Cerebral Palsy and is confined to a power chair. Edward needs assistance positioning himself in his lifts to bathe, groom, and toilet, as well as transfer to his chair where he spends the remainder of his day. For most people, this could be considered too much work or too scary to venture into. (As a matter of fact, we had a caregiver resign from the assignment after one day of training at their house.) Not Christina! Christina goes above and beyond for this family every single day. She shows up on time, stays late when she needs to. What is so amazing about Christina is not just the kind of caregiver that she is, but the kind of person that she is. While going the extra mile for this family, Christina also has a husband that is critically ill and is raising two children that she adopted when she was just a teenager from their drug-addicted mother. Both children are honor students and are a true reflection of the loving woman who is raising them. Christina has called me to let me know that she would be 15 minutes late because she spent the night in the hospital with her husband. While most people would become paralyzed in these circumstances and perhaps not even show up for work, Christina faithfully cares for this family and never complains. I gave her the option of cutting back some of her hours, and her response to me was that “No one is going to love and care for Jewel and Edward the way that I do.” And it’s true. The best part is that they love her, too. In years and years of in-home care, Edward, the son, tells me every time he talks to me that no one has ever come close to caring for them the way that Christina does.
We all could learn a lot from Christina’s compassion, commitment and caring devotion.