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.

Margaret P.

Simply Caring Australia is a new business based in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. Our new team of caregivers was thrown into the deep end of practical caregiving immediately for an elderly gentleman who was recovering from fall injuries in his home.

One of our caregivers, Margaret, felt a little overwhelmed, as she feared she was not “qualified” enough to do a great job. Three months into her employment, Margaret is blossoming in her new role. Margaret has immersed herself in the care and companionship of not only our immediate client, but also the extended family. She has taken the time to learn the likes, dislikes, and history of the family and brings to our client, Morrie, many hours of social interaction doing the activities he has loved over the years.

Margaret learned that Morrie enjoyed the country singer “Slim Dusty”, so she gathered some of Dusty’s music CDs from the library to play them for him. Margaret also developed, of her own accord, memory test games to play with him, which he enjoyed enormously. Margaret also discovered that Morrie’s family background went back to the Scottish clan “Kinnaird,” so she brought her laptop to show Morrie the ancestral castle in Scotland, which he had always longed to visit, and they spent time together finding the meaning of “Kinnaird” and how the family tree progressed all the way out to Australia. She also showed him over his extensive 380-acre property on Google Earth!

To me, this is a great example of a caregiver immersing herself in the emotional as well as physiological needs of our client. By doing this she has not only been able to give of herself, further developing and growing her own abilities, but also engaging the extended family so that they are given the peace of mind they need while they continue to work and care for their own families.

Patrice Howland
Simply Caring Australia

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