Keshia Prejean Saves Client From Snowstorm
And Takes Home National Caregiver of the Year Honors
Congratulations to Keshia Prejean on her recognition as 2022 National Caregiver of the Year. National Caregiver of the Year is the highest honor awarded by Right at Home. Keshia’s compassion, selflessness and willingness to go above and beyond have made her a valued member of Right at Home and a beloved caregiver for seniors in her community.
Last year, central Texas experienced unprecedented snowfall, including widespread power outages, burst water lines and road closures. But did that stop Keshia from going to work and making a difference? “It didn’t slow her down one bit,” said Sydney Greenwalt, Right at Home office owner. “She knew one of our clients was bedbound with no resources and no family. So unbeknownst to us, Keshia flagged down a snowplow driver and had him take her to our client’s home. She weather-proofed the home, tracked down water and walked to the store in the snow to buy food.”
Prejean stayed almost a week with her client, sacrificing the needs of her own family to help someone in need. “EMS and Fire Rescue were unable to access roads during the first few days of the storm,” said Greenwalt. “I’m convinced our client would not have survived without Keshia’s help.”
According to Keysha Friar, Director of Employee Relations at Right at Home Hill Country, Prejean’s generosity isn’t reserved only for her clients. “Keshia doesn’t just help our clients—she is so loving toward her co-workers too,” said Friar. “We recently received a phone call from one of our caregivers who wanted to let us know how wonderful Keshia is. Apparently, Keshia found out another caregiver was having transportation issues, so she booked and paid for a $75 Uber to take this caregiver to our client’s home. Of course, we reimbursed Keshia for this, but she never mentioned it to us and didn’t request reimbursement. That says a lot about who Keshia is.”
Keshia Prejean has been with Right at Home for two years, working as a caregiver in the Texas Hill Country for owners Sydney Greenwalt and Terry Darilek.
Honoring Our Caregivers
“Right at Home is so proud and thrilled to honor Keshia Prejean as our 2022 National Caregiver of the Year,” said Margaret Haynes, President and CEO of Right at Home. “The award honors those caregivers who provide extraordinary service to clients every day, and Keshia has definitely illustrated the very essence of the award. She continually lives our mission, ‘To improve the quality of life for those we serve.’ We are so grateful that Keshia is part of Right at Home.”
Caregivers are nominated for their exemplary commitment to making a difference in the lives of their clients and teams. The winners are selected by a committee that includes Right at Home representatives and community professionals from other health care, senior care and caregiving organizations. The award is presented annually during the organization’s conference. View all 2022 National and Regional Caregivers of the Year.