Caregiver: Amanda S.

A Caring Champion 2014 Nominee
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Employer: Aspen House

Location: Loveland, CO

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Inspiration for This Nomination:

Amanda is amazing. Everything about her breathes compassion, care, acceptance, excellence, intuition, humility, and drive to make the residents’ lives better. Amanda fully understands and embraces the person-centered care philosophy and lives it each day. She treats each resident as an individual and caters to the individual needs and desires of each resident. For example, she will take one woman to the community beauty shop to fix her hair for the day. The woman was always meticulous about her appearance and is quite relaxed sitting in the beauty shop chair (rather than in her room) to get her hair brushed for the day.

Caregiver's Best Skills and Attributes:

Amanda’s strengths and best skills are many. She takes time to learn about the individual whom she serves and then plans her care around what she has learned. She knows the residents in her area so well that she is often able to suggest and implement ideas to make their lives more meaningful. One resident was a retired physician and often thought he was preparing for surgery. Amanda would bring him a “chart” with various medication names and numerals for him to study. He would keep busy for an hour making plans for the surgical procedure.

Feedback About This Caregiver:

“Always alert to making things better for those in her care,” residents are “blessed beyond measure to have her help” has a “natural sensitivity and gift for caregiving that cannot be learned”, “I’ve seen her go from hugging one resident to asking another about family to helping another…she is so kind and sweet and does all that in one breath”, she has “an open display of affection for everyone”, “she cares for those in her care so genuinely…just like they are family”, she “demonstrates the value of respect and dignity for the individuals in her care”

What Others Have Learned From This Caregiver:

Amanda is very person-centered in the care services she offers. Amanda is kind and gentle and well-liked and well-respected by residents, families, and co-workers. We have all learned more person-centered care approaches by observing Amanda. For example, she has been able to encourage cognitively impaired residents to shower when he/she will otherwise be extremely stressed out during the experience. Amanda’s patience and gentle nature are not easy to emulate, but we all try!

More About This Caregiver:

Amanda has been in her role as a care partner at this assisted living community since January 2011. She loves what she does and takes delight in figuring out what will work best for an individual resident and to meet their special needs. She does what she does to provide meaningful, pleasant experiences for the residents—not for the recognition.

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