Caregiver: Abu F.

A Caring Champion 2014 Nominee
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Employer: Roland Park Place

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

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Inspiration for This Nomination:

Abu, LPN, is a natural champion in caring at Roland Park Place, a non-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) located in the heart of northern Baltimore City, Maryland. He is known for his strong leadership skills; his compassion to older adults and their family members; as well as his commitment to the betterment of the community and the long-term care nursing profession in general.

Abu stands out as an exceptional candidate for this award as he consistently demonstrates selflessness; professionalism and leadership; value and respect for all of the nursing staff at Roland Park Place – no matter the attending level; and perhaps most admirably, his commitment and passion for providing the highest level of care, customer service and treatment to every resident at Roland Park Place.

Abu truly epitomizes the level of commitment to care and nursing that this award celebrates. Originally from Sierra Leone in West Africa, Abu didn’t cut a path, but followed his heart to this profession. With a lifetime of knowledge of how seniors are cared for and live internationally, Abu is able to offer gentle and loving care to everyone he meets. A distinctive contributing member of the Roland Park Place community and greater long-term care nursing profession, and an unsung hero, Abu is deserving of the Caring Champion award.

Caregiver's Best Skills and Attributes:

According to his supervisor, Roland Park Place’s Director of Health Services, she has never met a more composed and levelheaded medical professional in long-term care nursing at any level.

Abu’s tremendous passion for caring for residents is evidenced by his willingness to “drop everything” to assist anyone in need, whether it be a resident or a fellow nursing staff member. Additionally, he has a great consciousness for the pain management of residents, assessing and tending to each resident to not only make sure they are receiving great care, but great comfort in their care. Abu attends to every resident as if they were his own family members. He is known for taking special measures for residents — caring for them in the smallest of ways, but the most empathetic.

Feedback About This Caregiver:

Abu has a reputation for developing close relationships with the residents with whom he works. A combination of his reliability and calm, gentle spirit has earned him a loyal and devoted following of residents. If Abu is absent from work for a conference or school, residents with requests will pass notes to him through other staff members with the message, “give this to Abu, and only Abu.” They know he is trustworthy and can be depended on for even the smallest chore or request, which speaks to his commitment to the residents and his clinical excellence in this profession.

What Others Have Learned From This Caregiver:

Abu orients new geriatric nursing assistants and other members of the nursing staff, and is generous with sharing his clinical knowledge and expertise of each individual resident, internal processes and personal experience. Nursing staff can often be seen observing and admiring Abu’s soft manner and work to duplicate it in their own caring practice. Abu’s co-workers constantly emulate Abu’s gentle caring style — adopting his technique and implementing it to help them attend to residents facing even the most extreme challenges in aging.

More About This Caregiver:

Abu’s interest in health care programs, specifically in geriatrics, stemmed from the lack of adequate health care services for older adults in his home country in West Africa. Abu obtained a pre-medical degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Sierra Leone with the intent to attend medical school and eventually become a stronger advocate for seniors in Sierra Leone and beyond. Abu’s experiences abroad and personal cultural beliefs contribute to his special attention to our older generation and this unique perspective on geriatric care and nursing services in Africa has fed his passion for providing excellence and strong compassion in care to seniors everywhere.

Sierra Leoneans greatly respect and care for their elders because they are an essential source of transferring history and traditions in the culture. In Sierra Leone, it is a general cultural belief that the more you help your elders, the more blessings you receive. For this reason, Abu has always had a connection with older adults and carries this cultural belief through in everything he does.

His understanding of the importance of care to the Roland Park Place community, and his desire to affect the lives of more people here and in Sierra Leone led Abu to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree in organizational leadership and currently, his pursuit of an MBA in healthcare management.

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over 3 years, said...

Abu is the man to rely on -- whether it is watching out for the patients or managing the administrative work. He is on top of the job -- always there when needed, and a source of confidence and care for every one, without a weak spot or lack of attention. - Martin M., RPP Resident;


over 3 years, said...

What a great guy Abu is. I had a horrible injury in my arm when I came to Roland Park Place from a local hospital and they thought I was going to die. But I didn't because of the exceptional care I received from the nursing staff and Abu. He gets my vote for Caring Champion!! - Besty M., RPP Resident


over 3 years, said...

I vote for Abu for his committement, passion and dedication to all. Very patient, helpful and cosinderate to all patients and workers. Congrats Abu. Carolyne


over 3 years, said...

I first met Abu in 2008 when I was a patient in the Health Care Center for 10 days. I had a deep infection in my right leg and had been in the hospital for five days prior. Abu oversaw my care and came every time with the nurse. I saw his expertise in dressing wounds. He carefully explained to nurses the proper technique - never lecturing, but quietly showing the proper way. He explained my special condition (cellulitis) to the nursing staff and I learned information about my condition from Abu no one else in the hospital or clinic had told me. All the while, his sunny disposition (that wonderful smile) made every thing he did or said comforting. Since those several times in Ambulatory Care, I was treated by Abu. Each experience gave me new appreciation of Abu and his knowledge and skill. He is indeed a CHAMPION CAREGIVER! -Jane D., RPP Resident


over 3 years, said...

I would like to nominate Abu for the highest honors. He took care of me during at least two tours in the Health Care Center. He oversaw any and all of my concerns. He is a very caring and delightful person! - Ann R., RPP Resident


over 3 years, said...

Abu provided care for our uncle in his last days at RPP. Abu's professional approach, caring demeanor, and attentiveness are attributes that we admire. Uncle John lived to be 100, and we will always be grateful to Abu for overseeing his last days with dignity, care, and a brightness that one doesn't always find in acute care. Thank you Abu, and know that you carry our vote!


over 3 years, said...

"Abu does a great job at caring for each Resident! I vote for Abu!!" - Wanda H., Coworker


over 3 years, said...

Emailed comment submitted on behalf of RPP Resident William S.: "Abu is certainly deserving of election as "Champion Caregiver". My wife {before she died last February) and I have known Abu for a number of years at RPP. He has always been cheerful and helpful when we (particularly my wife) visited patients in Health Care. When he was on duty in Ambulatory Care he made sure our needs were met effectively. While my wife was recovering in Health Care after surgery, he was a comforting presence and took care of various details for us. Again, he has my highest recommendation for this award." - William S.


over 3 years, said...

Emailed comment submitted on behalf of RPP Resident Charlotte B.: "I consider Abu a “champion caregiver”. When I was in health care, he not only gave exemplary service, but he also anticipated some needs. In addition, he always gave service with a pleasant manner and a very cheerful smile." - Charlotte B.


over 3 years, said...

Hand-written note submitted on behalf of Co-worker Caren L.: “I am a co-worker of Abu’s and I enjoy being around him. Abu is upbeat, welcoming to all and a hard worker. I’ve seen Abu handle challenging situations by listening carefully and respectfully responding with facts. Abu consistently demonstrates a deep sense of caring to our residents and staff.” Caren L.


over 3 years, said...

Hand-written note submitted on behalf of RPP Resident Jean Z.: “I think that he really cares about people. He was very good about walking with me when I had to have somebody. When I go out to walk I use the walker and it makes me very tired. He stays late to accompany me. I like his good cheer. He’s quite open about everything. You can ask him anything about life in Africa.” Jean Z.


over 3 years, said...

Hand-written note submitted on behalf of RPP Resident Jan C.: “Abu is very caring. I don’t know anyone who would disagree with that thought. Such a good, caring person. What more can you say ~ he’s always there for you.” Jan C.


over 3 years, said...

Hand-written note submitted on behalf of RPP Resident Carol F.: "Please add my vote for Abu for "Champion Caregiver." He is a marvelous staff person and has a sunny, "giving" personality - always ready to be helpful with his marvelous smile." - RPP Resident Carol F.


over 3 years, said...

Verbal vote posted on behalf of coworker, Corrine L.: "I have been at Roland Park Place since 1995 and I've worked with Abu ever since he started here. He's the nicest person and very respectful to residents. He is very personable to residents and family members. He always helps others on staff out with any workload or resident responsibilities. I vote for Abu" - Corrine L.


over 3 years, said...

Great peraon, and caretaker, very deserving of this. One of the kindest and most thoughtful person I know.


over 3 years, said...

Emailed comment posted on behalf of an RPP Resident, Nancy B.: "THIS IS TO GIVE A RECOMMENDATION FOR A VERY SPECIAL NURSE AT ROLAND PARK PLACE IN BALTIMORE MARYLAND. HIS NAME ABU AND HE IS ONE OF THE FINEST NURSES I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. ABU WAS A NURSE IN THE HEALTH CENTER OF RPP WHEN MY HUSBAND WAS VERY ILL WITH HEART PROBLEMS. ABU'S KNOWLEDGE AND DEVOTION AS HE CARED FOR MY BRAD WAS A WONDERFUL THING TO SEE .ABU IS HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, KNOWLEDGABLE, EFFICIENT AND CARING. I USED TO TELL HIM THAT HE SHOULD BEEN A DOCTOR.ABU'S RESPONSE WAS THAT HE WAS HAPPY DOING WHAT HE WAS DOING. HE IS LOVED BY THE RESIDENTS AND STAFF OF OUR HEALTH CENTER. I DO HOPE HE RECEIVES THIS AWARD. NANCY B."


over 3 years, said...

Hand-written comment posted on behalf of RPP Resident: "Abu is an outstanding person as well as an outstanding employee. I observed his technical skills first hand when my wife was in health care recuperating from a colon cancer operation and had to have the wound vac dressing changed daily - a very delicate procedure. He also goes out of his way to accommodate special needs which was very helpful to me. He is one of the finest caregivers I've had the pleasure to be associated with. Cheers, Norvell M. RPP Resident"


over 3 years, said...

Handwritten comment posted on behalf of an RPP Resident Helen C.: "We are pleased to nominate Abu to receive your award. We are familiar with his ability and seriousness in his work. Now that my sister, Estelle, is in Health Care, I've seen him at close range, seen how he conducts himself - professional and kind - just what you would want in someone in charge." - RPP Resident Helen C.


over 3 years, said...

Handwritten comment submitted by RPP Resident, Margaret B.: "Connie, health care resident for years who died the day after Easter, was DEVOTED to Abu, and I'd like to place an enthusiastic vote for Abu in Connie's name!! Thank you, Margaret B."


over 3 years, said...

Posted on behalf of a resident at RPP who submitted a hand-written comment: "Because I sleep every night on a bed I placed in my wife's room in the Health Care Center, I have had frequent opportunities to observe Abu's interactions with both staff and patients. He appears skilled, always calm and gracious to everyone. Most importantly Abu is compassionate, the most important trait a health provider can have. This is not something learned in a classroom. He teaches it to all under him by example. His warm greeting to me whenever he sees me makes me feel welcome and "at home" in the Health Care Center." - Dr. Bill N., resident of RPP


over 3 years, said...

Though I’ve sometimes seen Abu in the mornings, wrapped in his work, I have more often seen him at around midnight when my wife and I walk our dog. And Abu then, after a long day, gives us always a very warm greeting. Others know him far more directly, but we know him as someone who lights up the night with his smile. - Pete


over 3 years, said...

THIS IS A VOTE FOR ABU- HE WAS PART OF MY CARE TEAM WHEN I WAS IN HEALTH CARE. - Virginia


over 3 years, said...

Abu is a delightful, warm, caring man and we are lucky to have him here at Roland Park Place.


over 3 years, said...

ABU is outstanding in his clinical care of patients in our Health Care Center. He relates exceedingly well to the patients and they respond well to him. He also has outstanding ability in his supervisory functions of other members of the team. He is always friendly and effective. - Irvin


over 3 years, said...

Excellent job.


over 3 years, said...

good nomination, give it to Abu


over 3 years, said...

There's no one I know who is more dedicated to care-giving than my dad, Abu. He has all the qualities of a caring champion, so he definitely deserves it.


over 3 years, said...

It's not surprising for you to be caring chapion. Your personalities befit all what's inherent in an excellent caregiver who goes above and beyond.


over 3 years, said...

Excellent job.


over 3 years, said...

Amazing!


over 3 years, said...

My dad, Abu, demonstrates the same dedication to caregiving in the home as he does in the workplace. There isn't anyone more qualified for this award.


over 3 years, said...

I would like to submit a "Whole-hearted" vote for Abu. He displays dedication with inclusive teamenship. Abu provides resident, family and staff focused involvement. He displays ownership through decisions and care. Abu we're very proud of you. This is my resounding vote for Abu !


over 3 years, said...

Here is an enthusiastic vote for Abu as Caregiver of the year. Abu is all that one could expect of a caregiver – and much more. Patients who are in Abu’s hands are among the most fortunate in the world.


over 3 years, said...

I give Abu high marks for his exceptional professional skill, his clear understanding of the medical issues of seniors, and his engaging manner. He has my vote!


over 3 years, said...

Abu is a dedicated professional, attentive and responsive. He is an expert in health care, and he cares for the residents of Roland Park Place with tenderness, patience, and good humor. My off-site doctor told me how remarkable Abu was when the two of them were trying to advise me and comfort me while I was dealing with a gastro episode. I heartily and happily vote for Abu.


over 3 years, said...

Abu is unfailingly cheerful, courteous, and caring. He is capable (to add another c), and he embodies the best of what we hope for in all nursing staff, but especially geriatric nursing staff. In our opinion--mine and my husband's, who was in Abu's care a year ago--Abu is fully deserving of the award. We endorse him wholeheartedly!


over 3 years, said...

What an amazing story! Sounds like an awesome caregiver who really deserves this!


over 3 years, said...

I've had the pleasure of working with Abu over the past year and have witnessed first-hand his incredible kindness and gentle nature with older adults and their family members. Abu is an incredible person and a truly gifted caregiver. Please consider him for this award.


over 3 years, said...

No one could deserve it more than Abu !!!


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