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 | Mosunmola (Mo) Johnson, and Marie Bellefleur-Raymond
We are incredibly honored to award Mosunmola (Mo) Johnson, and Marie Bellefleur a very special
Co-Angel of the Month for June 2019. Mo began working with Visiting Angels Newton/Canton in
November of 2013, and Marie came aboard in March of 2017.
We are celebrating these two amazing women together because of the outstanding care they provided as
a team. Their Client has just recently been moved out of state and will be missed greatly. She was with
us for two years and needed much support. Her Case Manager, Elizabeth Quagraine, took on the task of
setting up a team of Caregivers that would provide top-notch services. Many obstacles and situations led
Elizabeth and her team to assist with more than just providing care to their Client. This included, bug
infestations, water damage and several house maintenance issues, which required in-depth communication with the Clients family and friends frequently.
Both Mo and Marie had live-in shifts with this Client.
Both caregivers accepted this case in August of 2017 and worked with their Client through May 2019,
when she was relocated. Mo was able to navigate her dementia with laughter and redirection. She
showed this Client patience and used her years of experience and training to reassure her and provide
quality care. Mo remembers fondly taking her Client to dinner, for long walks, and endless conversations
before her dementia became severe. Mo’s primary goal was to make sure her Client was happy and
comfortable. This Client will always hold a special place in Mo’s heart, “She is just a wonderful person
inside and out. Her joy and smile always filled me with happiness.”.
This Client was Marie’s second and longest case to date. Marie was wonderfully patient and understanding with her and sympathized with her challenges. She put extra effort into cleaning the home and
preparing their Client’s favorite meals. She and their Client built a wonderful bond, and Marie cared for
her as she would her own mother. The Client’s family asked if Marie would travel with her to the new
location and stay with her for the first week to help her adjust. Marie stayed with their Client in her room
at the nursing home, providing reassurance and support. Just like Mo, Marie was heartbroken when she
had to leave their Client on the final day.
Family and friends would frequently remark on the outstanding quality of care their loved-one
received from both Caregivers. They consistently told Elizabeth how grateful they were to have
Mo and Marie on board.
Mo and Marie stayed committed to their Client through many exceptional circumstances. They did
not waver in their dedication to providing her with loving care. Elizabeth remarked that these two
Caregivers continuously went above and beyond their care duties.
Mo and Marie, we are so grateful for your outstanding service, dedication, and reliability on this
assignment. You have both shown strength and great compassion, never becoming discouraged by
conditions, and faithfully caring for your Client.
Congratulations on being Co-Angels of the Month for June 2019! The award is well-deserved.
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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