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Tricia & Michael Wingerter
“Paula seeks out opportunities independently and within our organization to educate herself on the needs of her clients and how best to meet their needs. She cares for an individual living with dementia who has emotional challenges. Paula has armed herself with knowledge on how to best address her emotional needs while preserving her dignity, improving her quality of life and inviting her to participate in her own care at her highest level.”
Joanne has been a caregiver for 30 years, providing love, hope, and comfort to all her clients. She says God has placed her in the lives of seniors and their families for a purpose. Early in life, while helping her mother through an illness, she knew that caregiving was something she needed to pursue. Her job is a true calling.
Beth Bandi, owner of Visiting Angels in Augusta, GA, has worked with Joanne for almost four years. She nominated Joanne, stating: “Joanne deserves this honor because she exudes warmth, kindness and loyalty. She will walk into a room and there is a beautiful aura about her. Joanne works above and beyond to help her clients thrive each day.”
Jennifer & Steve Bowhey
Yolanda, a dedicated caregiver for 30 years, is always patient and filled with positive energy. She has worked as a Visiting Angels caregiver for seven years and is adored by her clients, who want her to work for them exclusively. Yolanda’s commitment to her job is unwavering.
Known as the “Mother Teresa” of the elderly, Debbie has lovingly cared for her Visiting Angels clients around the Mentor, OH area for more than 17 years. “Debbie deserves this honor because she has a servant’s attitude and heart. Her resilience, patience, neatness, unselfishness, dedication, and tenderness shine through,” says Mary Kay Brodnan.
Mark & Susan Frenger
When a client was dying, Sara rubbed her back, brushed her hair, and sang “Precious Lord Take My Hand” until the woman passed away. The woman’s daughter said with Sara there, her mom’s passing was “beautiful and peaceful and something she’ll remember for the rest of her life.”
Grandma, Doris Carriere, who has 20 grandkids of her own, loves to care for seniors. Doris once laid down all night next to her client who had trouble sleeping. The family watched on camera, amazed at Doris’ dedication to their mom.