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.

Linda D. Brown

Linda currently works with some of our most challenging Alzheimer’s clients. Her dedication, reliability and responsibility can probably best be described by listing some of her recent accomplishments with one of these clients.

We currently provide 12 hours of service to “Mary” with Linda taking the lead responsibility on her care, doing 9 of those hours. Mary’s only close relative lives out of state, so Linda communicates with her by phone during each shift and e-mails a detailed progress note following the shift. When we started service with Mary she had not been told that she had Alzheimer’s, she was still working and just thought that her “memory was not as good as it used to be.” Linda was with her when the physician gave Mary the news that she had Alzheimer’s and had to stop driving. Linda not only had the task of calming Mary but had to ask for the keys to the car after leaving the medical offices. Since then, Linda has had to remove the keys at least 4 more times and go through many upsetting and teary times. The family has finally taken the steps to remove the car, after several months and an episode where Mary took the car for several hours to places unknown. We know how many families describe this time from diagnosis to acceptance as an exceptionally difficult and emotional path, thus you can understand why we feel Linda has gone above and beyond the call of duty, as she shouldered and bore the brunt of Mary’s anger and frustration.

Linda provides this much-needed emotional support over and above all household responsibilities for Mary, such as handling bill paying, property repairs, errands, transportation, filling prescriptions, and monitoring and tracking Mary’s symptoms. In short, Linda has shown the dedication, responsibility and reliability of a close family friend versus a paid companion.

Kathleen S. Devlin
All About Home Care, LLC

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