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.

Sandy Hawke, CCA, CHCA

I would like to share a recent experience I had with one of our caregivers, Sandy Hawke, that I found incredibly humbling.

A regular client had had an operation and needed extra care. The regular caregivers were unable to cover their shifts. In desperation, I called Sandy. After I explained the situation, Sandy agreed to start at 6:30 the next morning to look after our client.

I then called another caregiver to see if she could cover the two hours before she started work at her regular hospital job. Heather begged off, confiding that her daughter-in-law had lost her brother that day, suddenly and unexpectedly, and she had been at her home all day comforting her. Now we are a small community, and several of our caregivers are actually related to one another. Heather and Sandy are related by marriage; Heather’s son is married to Sandy’s daughter. So we were shocked to hear it was Sandy’s SON who had died that day. Heather was also shocked and asked that we not mention it until Sandy was ready to tell us herself.

I saw Sandy on Monday morning, and there she was at work, carrying on with a smile as if nothing had happened. Sandy continued to work with her whole client base that week, as normal, without interruption and with the same constant attention to detail and genuine care and concern that she shows for everyone.

When her son’s obituary appeared in the newspaper I was finally able to speak with her about this tragic loss. Sandy has a lot of experience in working with Hospice clients, and she applied her wisdom about death as a part of life to her own situation. She said she focuses on the blessings that have come to be because of her son’s life, not on the loss of the life itself.

I am frequently in awe of our dedicated caregivers, who regularly set aside personal commitments and juggle their schedules in order to help out when an emergency comes up. But Sandy is a model for us all of the caring, compassion and wisdom that exemplifies those inspirational caregivers that our business has brought into our lives.

Faith Keolker

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