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.

Sister Irene Mary Griffith

Sister Irene Mary Griffith, in addition to being an active Sister of Mercy and teaching religious education classes to 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders, still finds the time and energy to share her compassionate spirit with many of our clients. In fact she seems somehow to thrive as her client-load has increased, getting into a fine-tuned rhythm as she zips from one to another. In between, she keeps her supervisors well-informed, having a knack for knowing, and a humility for asking, when she is in need of our assistance.

One of her greatest attributes is patience, so vital in her work with some of our most challenging Alzheimer’s clients, whom she is able to appreciate, understand and make comfortable more easily than many ‘specialists’. Not long ago while working with her male early-Alzheimer’s client, she happened upon evidence of his wife’s upcoming birthday. When driving him home from an appointment, she let him in on the “news,” stopped by a store and helped him select a card and small gift—his wife’s 1st from him in years! Seeing her great joy, he now happily shops with his attentive caregiver for every holiday occasion.

Sister Irene’s other cherished attribute is her easy/quick sense of humor in all her dealings, including difficult situations. Being able to laugh (even at ourselves!) is often the breath of fresh air that keeps things in perspective. Perhaps this is why she remains our only staff with “0” used sick days in almost 3 years of service! Yes “service” is perhaps the key to her attitude: always eager to “serve” other’s needs. From being the first recipient of our monthly Exceptional Employee Award back in January, 2005, to our nomination of her to you today, Sister Irene continues to go the extra mile. One can’t even guess her ‘actual’ extra miles at the end of each week; but then again, that’s not her prime concern; only that each shift was covered and her clients well-cared-for and left smiling—which she insures they are!

Cheryl Golda,

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