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 | Rita Sarpong
We are delightfully honored to award Rita Sarpong Angel of the Month for July 2019. Rita began working with Visiting Angels Newton/Canton in April 2018. Rita was described as outgoing, conscientious, and compassionate in her initial interviews.
Rita has been a Massachusetts resident for over 22 years. Rita has five siblings in Ghana, and one living in Germany, which she hopes to visit in the future. Rita, her daughter, and her mother live together, and she cares for her mom. She and her daughter, who is a manager at Macy’s department store, have hectic schedules so they value mother-daughter time with lunches and day trips whenever they can. Rita also loves being a part of her church community and attending services on Sundays.
Rita’s friend suggested she look into the home care field in 2005. Being that caring for others has always been in her nature, Rita was excited to make the career change. She took her courses and became CNA and HHA certified. Rita has worked with many agencies and Clients and consistently says that she has enjoyed working with Visiting Angels Newton/Canton most of all. “Visiting Angels has been so kind and encouraging. Everyone supports me and shows their appreciation for my work.”
Rita has had six Clients since she came on board with Visiting Angels Newton/Canton. One of her Clients was 98 years old at the time and had recently suffered a serious fall. Rita worked overnight shifts for her. Rita showed great patience and kindness while caring for her Client. Although this was a short-term case, the Client’s family was so appreciative of the care she provided; they expressed sincere gratitude for all that she did for their loved one.
Rita started her first shift for her current Client on Valentine’s Day of 2019, and she has been with her ever since. Rita was perfectly matched with her Client, and the two genuinely enjoy each other’s company. Her Client has congestive heart failure and is on continuous oxygen. Choosing the comfort of her home, she and Rita have long conversations, and watch her preferred game shows, along with the news together. Rita will make special trips to the supermarket and bring her Client her favorite foods and desserts. When asked what she and her Client’s most enjoyable activities, are, she said, “My Client and I love to watch Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and
Family Feud together. She tells me a lot of things I didn’t know about. She always says to me, “Go to your little machine and Google it....(Meaning the cell phone.) ”
Rita has continually gone above and beyond in many ways for her Clients. She is knowledgeable and professional while being thoughtful in learning what makes her Client comfortable, bringing out their personality, and building a relationship of trust. She is a great advocate and communicates well with Case Managers, other Caregivers, Clients, and their families. Rita is a shining star and a pleasure to work with.
Rita, we cannot thank you enough for your positive energy, hard work, and dedication to each of your Clients. Your consideration and desire to go above and beyond for the people you care for is inspiring. We value you as a member of the Visiting Angels Newton/Canton team and look forward to working with you for years to come.
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.
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