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The CSRA Area Agency on Aging bestowed the award of Provider of the Year upon Aiken County based Right at Home and its President, Kathy Crist.
Also receiving recognition at the annual awards luncheon at the Kroc Center on Broad Street in Augusta were Michelle Matthews as the Clara West Volunteer of the Year and the Volunteer Group of the Year is Community Outreach Spiritual/Support Team, Inc., Outreach Ministry (COST Inc.).
The awards recognize community members and volunteers of all ages who have made meaningful contributions to the lives of older adults in east Central Georgia. The awards are a part of celebrating Older Americans Month 2012.
Accepting the award, Mrs. Crist recognized the Right at Home management team in attendance and thanked them individually, including her partner Celeste Hoffman. “This is truly an honor for Right at Home,” she said. “I am so grateful to receive this award on behalf of our Right at Home team.&rdquo
Right at Home serves the entire CSRA with private, non-medical in-home care, with offices in Aiken, North Augusta and Augusta.
Mrs. Crist was nominated by Rebecca Plankey of Serotta Mattocks Evans CPAs of Augusta, who was supported by letters from Neil Gordon of Buzz on Biz magazine and Muriel Carter of Aiken Electric Cooperative.
Mr. Gordon wrote a heartwarming recommendation of Right at Home for their care of his wife’s grandmother. “Because of Right at Home,” Gordon wrote that after many months of an enhanced quality of life, “She was able to die with dignity and die with her family nearby, as well as with her Right at Home caregiver.”
Ms. Carter wrote, “Right at Home was invaluable to me during the final 18 months of my mother’s life. From excellent part-time care to her Lifeline to the medication dispenser, Right at Home made it possible for my mother to stay with me instead of going to a nursing home.
Ms. Plankey wrote in her nomination, “Kathy certainly has a passion for the care of the elderly and the cognitively impaired. Her first priority is always to her patients. She keeps the pulse on everything going on in her business – from families to caregivers. Kathy always offers an ear to listen and never makes anyone feel like a burden. She truly has a giving heart.”
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