Caregiver: Taylor K.
Employer: Aspen House
Location: Loveland, CO
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Inspiration for This Nomination:
Taylor is all of the words you associate with someone who is being nominated for this Caring.com recognition award: she is caring, compassionate, competent, kind, and friendly, a great co-worker, dependable, respectful, and generally wonderful. She is a care partner for a population of individuals who are all cognitively impaired (eg Alzheimer’s dementia). She does her job in a masterfully and gracefully and excellently.
Caregiver's Best Skills and Attributes:
While Taylor is trained and very skilled at the technical aspects of care giving, she also has the “un-train-able” skill of being able to connect with people with dementia. She is so respectful in her redirecting approach but what separates her from most is the clever way in which she can develop solutions to issues. She absolutely appreciates that the residents are her highest priority. Taylor’s approach to care giving is very person centered. She views each resident as an individual with unique needs and wants—and then she implements solutions based on the individual person.
Feedback About This Caregiver:
“Taylor is so sweet with my dad. She validates his concerns and knows how to keep him from getting upset when he thinks he needs to “get home” “Taylor is so nice and patient with my dad…even when he shows her the same pictures over and over.” “She talks to my husband about his business and his family and never rushes him.” “When she has contacted me in the evening with unpleasant news, she does it in a kind, respectful manner.”
What Others Have Learned From This Caregiver:
Taylor is recognized as an expert at her job and often trains her co-workers in the technical aspects of their job as well as in the non-technical aspects. Through her actions, she has taught others the art of caring for individuals with dementia in a person centered, respectful, thoughtful manner.
More About This Caregiver:
Taylor is full of enthusiasm. She has found her career calling in caring for persons with dementia—she is masterful at redirecting residents who are unsettled or confused. She is knowledgeable, skilled, and well trained. She presents herself in a most professional manner.
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Taylor is not only very creative at re-directing residents, but she does so in a respectful manor. There is a resident who loves cats, so when this resident to starting to become "unsettled". Taylor will sit down with her and look up cat photos on an iPad until the resident has a bright smile on her face. Taylor does many things to re-direct her residents she knows exactly what to say to each individual resident. Taylor is a very loving, and caring person she truly cares about her residents well being.
Taylor is a fantastic care parent. She helped trained me when I first started working at Aspen House. She is VERY thorough with all of our residents and never rushes her care. Taylor is excellent at finding creative ways to help our residents as well. If I ever need help communicating with, or helping a resident, I always go to Taylor for advice!
Taylor is what you call a gentle soul she is all of the above when describing a Caring Champion. She is caring, patient, intelligent, and she goes out of her way for not only her residents but for her co-workers as well. She is the go-to person if something is wrong, she will help no matter how busy she may seem. Taylor knows not only the residents, but there families as well she makes it a point to introduce herself. She has been called an Angel for what she does for the residents. Taylor is everything you'd want in a care-partner.
There is a resident at Aspen House that loves jewelry! Taylor will bring in all her old jewelry for the resident to try on, and have. She will spend time with the resident picking out what jewelry matches her outfit for the day, the resident adores doing this with Taylor.
Taylor always puts her residents first and aleays cares by remembering little thibgs about them and their families that few people know. Wether its names of family or which car they had growing up. No detail escapes her. It is a true comfort to both residents and family
Taylor willingly takes on more responsibility for the residents than anyone I've ever known. She genuinely cares for them
Taylor is always making the residents smile and loves doing it
On a Saturday Taylor spent over 10 hours at the ER with a resident who's family member was unable to be there for the resident. Not only did she keep the resident company, but she also comforted them through those stressful hours.
Taylor is great to work with. She loves the residents and gives excellent care. She is always willing to help her co-workers and offers ideas and tips to them to help make the residents more comfortable.
Working with Taylor is always a pleasure. She is able to multitask and make it appear effortless. She never gets rattled and always has a smile on her face. She excels at the various duties required...administrative work, family interactions, resident care, and is the "go to" person for coworkers.
Taylor is not only a great caregiver, providing safe and respectful care to our residents, she values improving the quality of their lives through laughter. Taylor knows each resident individually and the best way to make that person laugh or smile.
Taylor makes work fun for her coworkers and the residents. She always has a smile on her face and tries make everything fun!
Taylor is a wonderful care partner. She always puts the resident first, and makes sure to work with each resident on a personal level - in other words, she truly prescribes to person-centered care. Taylor is a great coworker as well - always assisting other care partners whenever they need help.
Taylor has our vote!!!
Taylor is not only a great care giver, but she is also a terrific co-worker.
Taylor truly cares for her residents, she goes above and beyond to make them happy and comfortable.
Taylor is the most caring and loving person I know. She is determined and passionate about helping people. Taylor's eagerness to help people is heartwarming and so influential to others! She takes the time to care for each individual patient and talk with them.
Taylor was so very loving an good to my dad. She is a very special person and always took to time to talk to me an answer my question.
Taylor is my oldest grandchild and we are very, very proud of her in her profession of caring for others! It takes special people for this and she is very good at it!
Taylor is naturally good at doing what she does in caring for others
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