Going the extra mile in providing exceptional care for seniors and disabled adults often comes down to the everyday little things … the respectful help getting dressed … the favorite home-cooked meals … the companionship and listening to stories of times long past.
Being a remarkable at-home caregiver for today’s rapidly increasing senior population — more than 46.2 million older Americans as of 2014 — is a challenging blend of career expertise and compassionate understanding. Not every person who enjoys older people can become a successful caregiver, notes Right at Home, a leading at-home care and assistance provider, which created their annual Caregiver of the Year award program.
The senior care company’s top-five nominated U.S. caregivers are recognized at their annual meeting, held this year in Omaha, Nebraska, from April 5-7. The National Caregiver of the Year award winner receives a number of gifts, including $5,000, an engraved crystal plaque and an all-expense-paid trip for two to the annual meeting.
Qualifications for the Caregiver of the Year award include being passionate about providing extraordinary care to clients — selflessly and professionally serving others while being a motivating team player. Clients and their families notice the above-and-beyond care, and the nominated caregivers receive continual praise and recognition for their outstanding work. Top Right at Home caregivers are nominated and judged based on the following criteria: character, client impact, brand ambassadorship, team spirit and professional development.
The Right at Home corporate staff reviewed 100 caregiver nominations this year and selected 20 finalists, representing the adult home care organization’s four regions nationwide. The finalists then submitted a videotaped testimonial, and a three-member community judging committee reviewed details on each of the finalists, selecting four region winners and one national winner.
The theme of the 2017 annual meeting is the “Power of One,” exemplified in the tireless family and professional caregivers who give so much of themselves to help improve the quality of life for seniors and disabled adults. As the Right at Home caregivers demonstrate through their ardent commitment, the power of just one person who positively influences another person is incredibly far-reaching.
For more details on Caregiver of the Year, including the nomination and selection process and awards, visit www.rahcaregiver.com
What commendable care qualities do you see in caregivers you know?