Dina, and All Nurses and Nurses Aides
After my mom stayed at home for four years following a severe stroke, she reached the point where she could no longer be home alone safely. Our family was very disheartened to think that Mom would have to live in a facility. She was transferred there from the hospital last April. At first, she was in the sub-acute unit where everyone was wonderful to her and gave her the care she needed. Dina was one of the nurses who really went out of her way to help. Whenever I noticed anything was amiss, I could always confer with Dina and she would notify the doctor; this way a couple of near-disasters were avoided.
Once Mom was better, the staff called for a meeting with us to let us know she could no longer live alone. My daily visits and home health checks would not be enough. That was in June of last year, and since then she has become a resident.
She is now in a very safe environment where all the nurses and aides are constantly working to give everyone the attention and care needed. They go the extra mile, giving kind, patient, and gentle care to all. Mom has many health issues, and they are always on top of them, but in addition, they provide the little extra touches—an extra bowl of soup on a cold day or a special birthday treat. It is not always easy to deal with our elderly family members, but I have seen these nurses and aides treat them with all the dignity they deserve.
It would be difficult to single any one person out. I tend to visit in the later part of the day, so I have gotten to know the staff who works on that shift: Renee, Caroline, Maureen, Kathy, Joan, Candy, Francoise, Henriette, Marie, Marie, Mouselline, and all the others who are too numerous to mention. They have all made this difficult situation so much easier. I can relax when I leave my mom each day and know she is in the very best of hands.
—Nominated by Patricia Viola for Margaret McGilluroy