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Home Caregiver Recognitions

Serving Brookline, Canton, Dedham, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Stoughton, Watertown, Wellesley and Westwood

29 Crafts Street #320,
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-795-2727
Fax: 617-244-0260
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Home Caregiver Recognitions

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

Paul Geneus


July 2022

We are delighted to award Paul Geneus Angel of the Month for July 2022. He became a member of our team in December 2020 and immediately assisted four clients within that first month. It is a privilege to share his outstanding efforts with our community.

In the 18 months Paul has been with Visiting Angels, he has cared for 12 clients. With his three current clients, Paul works with case managers Susan Saris, Patrick Murray, and Traci McCarthy. They appreciate his willingness to accept fill-in shifts with his current clients and others whenever he is available. Paul has not shied away from taking on the most complex cases, and his confident and calming presence has been successful in helping each client, and their families find peace of mind, knowing they are in capable hands.

The wife of one of Paul’s clients shared her and her husband’s appreciation for his assistance. “Paul G. is an extraordinary caregiver. He possesses a calm and patient demeanor which is a perfect match for my husband. He instinctively knows when to work with him on his exercises and when to pull back and allow him to rest. His encouragement has motivated my husband to often strive harder to improve his endurance. Paul has taught me that a gentle hand on the back is very effective in helping my husband maintain balance and enhance his confidence.

When Paul has accompanied my husband to his physical therapy session, he always returns home with written notes and diagrams about the exercises he’s done with the therapist so we can reinforce the exercises at home.

Paul is always willing and enthusiastic about learning new board games and card games that I implement to strengthen my husband’s cognitive abilities. We all agree that Paul is the best card shuffler. He has a unique style!

Paul always arrives on time and immediately looks for ways he can help us. He approaches each task with patience and attention to detail. We look forward to Paul coming to our home and sincerely appreciate his involvement in our lives. Congratulations on receiving this richly deserved award!”

Paul fondly remembers his time with one of our former clients he cared for long-term. “Mr. B. and I had a great bond,” Paul said. “I took him out daily and made sure we did activities he would enjoy. He and his wife were wonderful people.”

A Natural Angel

“Working with Paul is a genuine pleasure!” Senior Case Manager Susan Saris said. “He is kind, patient, considerate, accommodating, and authentically cares about helping our clients to the best of his ability. Paul is gracious and open to learning about each new client he meets. He listens with interest and acknowledgment to what the client and family are saying and quickly builds a report with them. Paul allows the client to lead and provides exceptional support. His presence is calming and reassuring. Thank you, Paul, for all you give to our clients. You make a difference in the lives of those you care for, and we appreciate what you do and who you are. I am incredibly happy to be celebrating you today!”

Case Manager Patrick Murray said, “I have enjoyed working with Paul since I joined Visiting Angels. He has such a friendly and easy-going demeanor and is always a pleasure to speak with. Paul has consistently stepped up and has been able to cover ongoing shifts with one of our clients while another one of our caregivers recovers from surgery. When I check in with our client’s spouse, she has only great things to say about him. She appreciates that her husband feels so comfortable around him and that he and Paul are compatible. Another one of our client’s wives also told me she loved having Paul at their home, and she hopes he can return again soon.

Patrick continued, “Paul, we love having you as part of the team. Congratulations on being awarded Angel of the Month!”

Case Manager Traci McCarthy shared her gratitude as well. “I’ve been working with Paul for the past two months since one of our client’s regular caregiver is on leave. Our client can be resistant, and he doesn’t like change. When his regular caregiver was away in the past, we tried substituting with other caregivers, but he was not comfortable with them, so the family waited until his ongoing caregiver returned. This time, however, we asked Paul to cover the shift, and it has worked out great. Paul is the only substitute that our client has liked and accepted. The family is grateful for his care, and so am I! Congratulations on a well-earned honor, Paul.”

Professional Background

Believe it or not, Paul is new to the caregiver and home care field. He worked in the hospitality and professional driver industries before joining Visiting Angels. Our caregiver Alberta Akyea, who has been with us since 2015, referred Paul to our agency. Paul’s wife is a professional private caregiver and a nurse at a hospital in Boston. She took care of her mother in their home for a couple of years before she passed. “My wife taught me various techniques and methods while she tended to my mother-in-law,” Paul said. “She continues to guide me to this day and has been incredibly supportive of my journey as a professional caregiver.”

Visiting Angels Newton/Canton is the first home care agency I’ve ever worked for; my experience has been great!” Paul shared. “I call this company my ‘Angel Family!’ You can tell that each person that works in the office does this job from their heart. Everyone is concerned about how I am doing and will guide or support me if I need something or have a question.” He added, “I remember when my wife and I went into the office some time back - everyone was so friendly and happy to meet me. Each staff member came over, introduced themselves, and thanked me for my work - even owner Larry Michel! I was embarrassed at first because I had never experienced that before. I told my wife that this is truly my second family.”

Paul also credits his success as a professional caregiver to his openness to learn and sensitivity to the needs of others. He is eager and receptive to learning about our clients and what they are experiencing. “Now, I am a caregiver, but one day down the line, I will need someone to care for me. Each client is a loved one in my eyes - I treat them the way I would my own family members and how I would want to be treated when that day comes.”

Words of Wisdom

Paul advises caregivers joining the Visiting Angels team: “Treat your client with love and respect. Observe your client’s behavior and surroundings and share your experiences with them with your case manager. Be patient and figure out what you can learn from them to help you give them the best care possible. Keep your mind open; there is always an opportunity to learn something new. Ask your clients questions and remind them that you are there to help, so the more they can teach you about themselves, the better you can understand their needs. There are no limits to what can be accomplished - there is always something to do when you are on a shift. Do your job well, and you will go home with peace of mind.”

On a Personal Note

Paul and his wife have four children. He also has a daughter in her third year of medical school in Haiti. He and his family take day trips out shopping and other fun activities, and they attend services at the Waltham Church of God on Sundays. He and his wife enjoy dinner dates on their nights off. When he is not assisting our clients, Paul likes to work on repairs to his home.

Sincerely Grateful

Paul, it is a sincere honor to award you Angel of the Month for July 2022. We are grateful to have you as such a valuable member of the Visiting Angels Newton/Canton team. Your openness, curiosity, calm presence, work ethic, and love for your job are truly valued by us all. We thank you for the outstanding care you provide to our clients and look forward to working with you for years to come.






June 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Kettlie Juste

May 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Williams Ejimonyeabala

April 2022





March 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Mical Coriolan

February 2022





January 2022




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Gladys Monday

December 2021



ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Suze Philippe

November 2021



ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Jacqueline Nwosu

October 2021




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Christine Sylfrin

September 2021




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Mary Depradine

August 2021





July 2021




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Colbert Pierre

June 2021




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Garlyne Renois & Ernestina Arthur

May 2021

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ANGEL OF THE MONTH TEAM | Dawn Burrell, Stella Spencer, Rebecca Namatovu, Adiaba Bofia, Silvana Caruso & Carline Bijou

April 2021 




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Aminah Nakafeero

March 2021 

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ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Judith Pierre-Louis

February 2021




ANGEL OF THE MONTH | Renette Glaure

January 2021




ANGEL OF THE MONTH 2020 Awardees



ANGEL OF THE MONTH 2019 Awardees



ANGEL OF THE MONTH 2018 Awardees



Special Recognitions

Timeless Gratitude to Alice Kimani

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!



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Serving Brookline, Canton, Dedham, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Stoughton, Watertown, Wellesley and Westwood

29 Crafts Street #320,
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-795-2727
Fax: 617-244-0260

Serving Brookline, Canton, Dedham, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Stoughton, Watertown, Wellesley and Westwood

29 Crafts Street #320,
Newton, MA 02458
Phone: 617-795-2727
Fax: 617-244-0260
CDC Updates
Get the latest information on COVID-19 from the Department of Health