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.
Eileen has been with Anita’s Angels for two years. She has not only set the standard for a compassionate and professional caregiver, she has also raised the ceiling. Because of her authentic compassion and capabilities we have placed her with our most difficult clients.
One of our clients, let’s call her Agnes, had severe paranoia, anxiety and anger. Eileen would care for her for 12 hours at night. Agnes couldn’t sleep, and needed to have the television on 24/7 at a very high volume. In the middle of the night Agnes would need to have her closets cleaned or other projects completed, otherwise she wouldn’t be able to rest. She was often very anxious and irritable. There was no one who could care for this client, her family included, except for Eileen. Eileen has a very unique and compassionate way about her. She used the “best friend” approach and as she completed projects she would get Agnes to talk about her past and her fears. Agnes began to trust Eileen. With her Irish brogue and overwhelming love, Eileen was able to bring a feeling of peace and trust to Agnes, allowing her to sleep, again something that rarely happened. Eileen would go home after her shift, sleep for 3-4 hours and awaken to care for and love yet another client.
Since caring for Agnes, Eileen has demonstrated the kind of patience, kindness and nurturing that protects the dignity and hope of over a dozen of our clients. There are so many extraordinary characteristics about Eileen. I can honestly say I have never met anyone like her and I believe with all my heart that she deserves to be TSC Caregiver of the Season.
Eileen has lived for the last ten years with a very rare life-threatening illness. She has committed herself to caring for others with the time she has left. Her doctors recently told her that her disease had worsened and they asked her to stop working. Instead of surrendering to her illness, Eileen asked us to allow her to continue caring for our clients for as long as she is able. This kind of selfless giving and compassion humbles us. Eileen is an example to us all and has touched our office staff and clients deeply.
Tom and Patty Bay
Anita’s Angels, Inc.