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.

Clifford J. Whalen

A tall, handsome, yet unassuming man, he is known to all simply as “Cliff”; but don’t let his easygoing demeanor fool you! Behind that quick smile, agreeable attitude and soft-spoken mannerly appearance, resides a man of formidable strength! In our estimation, Cliff’s character of integrity, compassion and reliability raises him to highest honors.

“I just try to be a team player,” Cliff says, an admirable goal, which he demonstrates daily. Having begun an 8:30 A.M. shift, Cliff soon learned that the client would need over-night services. Realizing the short notice for such a schedule change, he offered to stay right through to 6:00 P.M. the following evening (no fanfare, no hoopla, just sound, steady, stable dependability).

His ability to coax clients into taking a shower, cajole them into eating, and ease their fears by his own calming attitude, has been a blessing to many clients and staff alike! He epitomizes companionship, and easily wins clients’ trust and affection by his warm sense of humor and kind-hearted ways.

With these attributes, you can see how Cliff might be known to work well over 70 hour in a single week. Yet, knowing our business often swings from “feast to famine,” he just goes with the flow without complaint, whether that is working long hours, or accepting the situation when even when shifts are few and far between.

There are no surprises with Cliff. He’s a straight-shooting team player who always puts forth his full effort to do the best job possible. And it just doesn’t get any better than that!

Kathleen S. Devlin, Executive Director

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