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.

Fred

What can be said about a caregiver who…just does his job? That’s Fred. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fred arrives on time, clocks in, and goes to work.

Bad weather doesn’t stop Fred. When a morning snow flurry sets our phones ringing with caregiver callouts, Fred instead calls in to assure us that he’s leaving early and will be there on time.

Fred’s client, Tom, has dementia and can be challenging at times. Fred has learned how to deal with his moods and win his cooperation, even in difficult circumstances. Fred fixes his breakfast, does housekeeping and laundry, and reminds Tom to take his medications. They regularly go out to lunch, pick up prescriptions, and visit the cemetery where Tom’s wife is laid to rest. One day, they were in an accident while returning from errands. Fred, driving Tom’s car, slowed to avoid hitting a large bird that flew low across the road. The driver behind him, on a cell phone, failed to stop and struck Tom’s car. Fred kept his cool, reported to the office, and got Tom safely home. In the days following, he helped deal with insurance agents and the car repair shop, advocating for Tom until everything was fixed properly.

We hired Fred in June 2012. By the end of the year, he had completed the CCA, and he seeks out and attends community training events whenever they fit into his schedule. We recently added on-line training; I can count on Fred to be among the first to complete his assignments.

I can also count on him to bring in his documentation logs– which, by the way, are models of neatness, brevity, and accuracy. Every Friday afternoon at 3 without fail, Fred arrives with his logs for the past week. Rain or shine, he never misses. Even in bad weather, we see him limping painfully up the stairs to our office.

Oh, did I mention that Fred has a physical disability? He discussed it with us at his initial interview and affirmed that it wouldn’t stop him from doing the job. And it hasn’t. He’s a great caregiver, and a model of our company values of respect, compassion, responsibility, integrity, and professionalism.

Angela Martin

Shepherd’s Staff In-Home Care

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