This year's event was held on Thursday, November 7th at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Bowling Green, with 33 nominations in total (16 agency support staff, 10 medical staff, and 7 community caregivers). Bowling Green Mayor Dick Edwards was the MC for the evening, and all nominated caregivers in attendance were presented with a certificate by Wood County Commissioner Dr. Theodore Bowlus.
Event committee sponsors included: Bowling Green Care Center, Bowling Green Manor, Briar Hill Health Care Campus, Bridge Home Health and Hospice, Brookdale of Bowling Green, Kingston of Perrysburg, and Perrysburg Commons.
Other county-wide participating companies included: Bowling Green Family Physicians, Golden Care Partners, Heartland of Perrysburg, Heritage Corner Health Care Campus, Laurus Home Care, and Wood Haven Health Care.
|COMMUNITY CAREGIVER WINNER|
"This community caregiver goes above and beyond for the clients she serves. She delivers over 25 home delivered meals to clients throughout part of the county in a quick efficient manner Monday thru Friday; while still taking time to visit with her home bound clients and ensure their safety. But the reason she is being nominated for this award is because of the care she gives to her husband daily. Her husband receives home delivered meals, as well. He is frail and has a number of health issues. There are times when this caregiver may be up throughout the night comforting her husband as his disease progresses but still arrives to work in the morning with a smile and positive attitude. She schedules his appointments and if she can't get him there, due to work commitments, she ensures he has a ride with another family member. She has sat with him for numerous hours at the hospital after a fall or other health concern. She is his primary caregiver; she ensures his safety and well-being as he is fortunate enough to continue aging at home with his lovely wife by his side."
Thank you for all you do, Cheryl!
|SUPPORT STAFF WINNER |
Sheila Sizemore - Briar Hill Health Care
Sheila's nomination is included here:
"One of the biggest testaments to a person's value is understanding how much of a loss it would be for that person to be gone. This support staff caregiver is an extremely valued member of our team and we cannot imagine not having her as part of our staff. Her value at our facility does not come from just how hard she works or how she is consistently on time and ready for her job. It comes from the ways she goes above and beyond for those that she cares for. She treats her residents as her family members and always has a smile on her face. It is not an easy job to be a caregiver, but she does it with optimism and respect for her resident family. She has been with our company for 18 years and STILL goes above and beyond! When times get hard for her residents, she is the first to be there. Whether it is sitting with someone and calming them down when they are missing a lost loved one or coming in on her day off to read out of the bible to a resident actively passing. She will notice someone has a tear in their pants and will take it home and sew it or stay after her shift to sew up a favorite shirt that was torn. She is constantly bringing in birthday gifts for her residents and celebrating with them and their families. She even has brought in special hypoallergenic soap for a resident when she noticed his skin was very sensitive. Only the family was aware as she didn't do it for the attention! Being at the facility for so long, many people become like her own family and when a resident was scared of dying, this staff member stayed with her and cradled her until her last breath. We are so lucky to have her and even more lucky that she has this opportunity to be recognized for all she does. It is the basic things that are so often overlooked: getting perfect attendance, always supporting her fellow caregivers without complaining, anticipating the needs of her residents by getting to know them well and demonstrating her care and compassion for the residents AND their families. Even for the families that have extremely high expectations for their care at our facility, this individual is celebrated and appreciated because she exceeds those expectations! She always takes the time to make sure that hearing aides are in, glasses are on, and hair is combed nicely. She even takes the time to notice if someone's clothes are stained and changes them so they are always presentable. These seemingly small and insignificant actions are what make family members love her and her attention to detail. Even when the resident themselves does not know whether they look nice or not the families certainly notice. As you can tell, we cannot say enough about her because we truly recognize how lucky we are to have her and we know how much she deserves this recognition and this award! She is exemplary and the gold standard for a facility caregiver because she is more than an employee at our building, she is a family member for every resident she cares for."
|Mayor Edwards speaking before dinner.|
|Thank you to Jake Pilewski for entertaining us during the event!|
|Brookdale Senior Living prepared a delicious meal!|
|Delicious desserts provided by Perrysburg Commons and|
Bridge Home Health and Hospice .
|Community Caregiver Melinda Amos|
|Community Caregiver Sue Glass|
|Community Caregiver Mike Keller|
|Community Caregiver Cheryl Kinder|
|Community Caregiver Victor Reynolds|
|Community Caregiver Jessica Sinning|
|Community Caregiver LaDora Woods|
Medical Professional Anna Anderson, Bridge Home Health & Hospice
|Medical Professional Linda Davis, Heartland of Perrysburg|
|Medical Professional Donna Heflin, Brookdale of Bowling Green|
|Medical Professional Ryan Heney, Brookdale of Bowling Green|
|Medical Professional Stacy Irvin, Brookdale of Bowling Green|
|Medical Professional Danielle Oman, Bridge Home Health & Hospice|
|Support Staff Member Cindy Below, Bridge Home Health & Hospice|
|Support Staff Member Shannon Dawson, Brookdale of Bowling Green|
|Support Staff Member Bettie Dean, Perrysburg Commons|
|Support Staff Member Kris Jankowski, Perrysburg Commons|
|Support Staff Member Pam Kominek, Wood Haven Health Care|
|Support Staff Member Cherie Modlinski, Laurus Home Care|
|Support Staff Member Cassandra Parrish, Heritage Corner Health Care Campus|
|Support Staff Member Ester Polan, Bridge Home Health & Hospice|
|Support Staff Member Sheila Sizemore, Briar Hill Health Campus|
|Support Staff Member Valerie Wambo, Laurus Home Care|
|Support Staff Member Linda Wilkins, Bridge Home Health and Hospice|
On behalf of the Wood County Committee on Aging, we would like to thank our
sponsors and supporters for making this event a success. This event is a wonderful opportunity to recognize caregivers in our County. Most importantly, THANK YOU to all of the caregivers who go above and beyond to make sure those they serve are receiving the
care they need to not only survive, but to thrive.
Your devotion does not go unnoticed.
If you would like to be involved in this great event next year by purchasing a table for your company, or by making a nomination, please contact the Programs Department at
(419) 353-5661 or (800) 367-4935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org