Our Case Managers meet to choose a Caregiver for Angel of the Month. A Case Manager will generally nominate someone with an explanation as to why this person is chosen. The Caregiver is notified that they have been selected and comes in to the office for a full celebration. This person is honored with treats, a certificate, gift card and the Case Manager that selected them will read a full write-up about why they were chosen. The Caregiver is interviewed and then featured in the monthly newsletter as well as on Facebook. Visiting Angels Newton/Canton has the most amazing team of people to care for our Clients. Our Caregivers work tirelessly with their Case Managers to ensure top quality care.
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Eslie Lacroix
We are thrilled to award Eslie Lacroix Angel of the Month for February 2020. Eslie joined Visiting Angels Newton/Canton in February of 2016. She was described as experienced, friendly, and kind in her initial interviews.
Eslie is a native of Haiti, and one of nine children. Her first profession was as a hairstylist. She, her husband and four of her sisters relocated to Massachusetts in the early 2000s. They found a welcoming community with the Zion Baptist Church in Stoughton. Eslie realized her calling as a professional Caregiver twelve years ago when her father suffered a stroke. She recognized that there were so many older people that needed assistance and care, and knew that she could provide comfort to others. She became an HHA and worked with various agencies and facilities before joining the Visiting Angels Newton/Canton family.
Eslie enjoys spending quality time with her family, shopping, and traveling to Caribbean destinations whenever possible. She shared that her success as a Caregiver comes from her ability to asses the needs of her Client, and learn their boundaries and expectations. Her goal on each shift is to provide love and comfort.
Eslie has worked with twenty-six clients for Visiting Angels Newton/Canton to date. Case Manager Elizabeth Quagraine learned what an asset Eslie was as a professional Caregiver when she worked with her on an extremely complicated case that required someone who could understand the subtleties of dealing with both physical and emotional disabilities. Many Caregivers were unable to maintain perspective under the pressure they experienced, but Eslie displayed great calm and patience on each shift. Elizabeth learned of her incredible integrity and loyalty during this time. She truly has a heart of gold and believes in following through on her
commitments and responsibilities.
Eslie has shown tremendous patience and professionalism in working with her current Client. She finds a way to maneuver around her Client’s agitation, completing her tasks, and keeping her composure. Eslie has been reliable and comes through for Visiting Angels Newton/Canton whenever she can in emergencies and filling in on shifts when her schedule allows.
In closing, we want to thank you, Eslie, for your dedication, kind heart, and the joyful presence you bring to Clients who are fortunate enough to have you as their Caregiver. You have proven yourself to be hardworking, dedicated, skilled, dependable, and very loving.
We are grateful to have you as part of our team at Visiting Angels Newton/Canton and look forward to working with you for years to come.
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Jackie Asiimwe
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Rita Amankwah
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Sheila Philemond
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Zebiah Sempala
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Rose S.
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Rita Sarpong
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Mosunmola (Mo) Johnson, and Marie Bellefleur-Raymond
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Betie Modestin
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Denise Moreau
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Solomy Nakintu
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Russell Hyland
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Tasha Petit
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Annabella Prempeh-Amaniampong
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Liliane Uwineza
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Hutchins Bernard
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Steven Muyingo
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Aba Owusu
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Marthe K.
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Janet G.
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Aisha Gaddoura
ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Nicky Vilcine St. Jilus
Timeless Gratitude to Alice Kimani
No, this is not a new award we’re giving, but a special commendation
to Alice Kimani, who gave live-in care to one of our clients.
One night in November 2016, she was awakened by the smell of smoke. There was a
fire in the garage, which quickly spread to the rest of the house - but not
before Alice successfully evacuated the senior whom she was caring for, as well
as the adult son. The house was burned to the ground, fed by a full tank of
heating oil. Two cars in the driveway, one of them Alice’s, were melted. But
thanks to Alice’s heroism, nobody was injured, except for the senior’s pet cat,
which unfortunately perished. Alice, we think that you are wonderful!
Tama Lewis – Massachusetts Home Care Alliance 2009 Aide of the Year
The HCA has 150 member agencies employing over 19,000 home health aides, and one of our very own was chosen as the 2009 Home Care Star Award Aide of the Year. Tama embodies the essence of what every family wants in a home care aide: skill, good judgment, compassion, integrity, kindness, reliability, good humor, caring, wisdom, dedication, warmth and respect in dealing with seniors. She has been with Visiting Angels for five years, but like all our caregivers, she came to us with years of experience in giving care to seniors.
For four years she was the lead caregiver to a man named Joe, who had no family or friends to help in his declining years. Although he had Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, with Tama's care he was able to remain at home, where he wanted to be. When she came on the case, his health was declining rapidly despite ongoing medical attention. Soon Joe's deteriorating health began to improve as Tama made sure that he got a healthy diet and took his medications. His home got cleaner, and his appearance improved. Eventually Tama was joined by other caregivers, but she remained the lead person of the team that organized his life, did the shopping, got him to medical appointments, cleaned his house, prepared meals and kept him clean. With help from Tama and the rest of our team, Joe attended his Masons meetings, continued his treasured Saturday evening buffet at the Marriott, and visited places where he had spent his youth. When he developed pancreatic cancer, he died at home with Tama by his side. She was the closest thing to family that he had.
At Visiting Angels of Newton & Canton, we are proud of our reputation with our many referral sources and clients who note the excellence of our services and the quality of the people that we employ. That reputation rests on providing home care with men and women like Tama Lewis since 2004. As deserving as she is of the award, Visiting Angels has many other caregivers who are just as dedicated, give just as much of themselves, and who deserve their own awards. We salute Tama and all of the fine caregivers who work for us and allow seniors the joy of remaining at home where they want to be.
Visiting Angels Newton/Canton is an award-winning accredited home care agency that provides elder care services in Brookline, Newton, Needham, Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Canton, Westwood, Dedham, Watertown, Natick, Wellesley, Stoughton, Roslindale, Norwood and nearby areas. If you aspire to be the best caregiver you can be, contact us at 617-795-2727 or fill out the form on our home care careers page.
If you are looking for the best home care services in the Newton/Canton area, contact us at 617-795-2727 or click the button below to tell us about your case. We're ready to help you!
Contact Visiting Angels