Caregiver: Vian L.

A Caring Champion 2014 Nominee
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Employer: Aspen House

Location: Loveland, CO

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Inspiration for This Nomination:

Vian is exceptional at what she does. Each night on the overnight shift, she cares for men who are cognitively impaired. She does what she does with care and compassion and extreme patience. She takes delight in the conversations and hugs and moments of joy that she brings to the residents. She is well respected by the residents, their families, and her co-workers.

Caregiver's Best Skills and Attributes:

Vian has many strengths and excellent skills but her extreme willingness to be flexible has served her—and the residents—the most. She works well as a team with others of all ages and backgrounds—her co-workers know they can rely on her for help in any situation. That teamwork lends itself to the best care possible for the residents. She is positive and upbeat and caring.

Feedback About This Caregiver:

Vian has many strengths and excellent skills but her extreme willingness to be flexible has served her—and the residents—the most. She works well as a team with others of all ages and backgrounds—her co-workers know they can rely on her for help in any situation. That teamwork lends itself to the best care possible for the residents. She is positive and upbeat and caring.

What Others Have Learned From This Caregiver:

We have all observed and learned from Vian how to be focused on person centered care and her willingness try anything to ensure the comfort and exceptional care of the residents. It is not uncommon for her to prepare a midnight snack (or full meal) at 1:00 am for a resident who cannot sleep—or to get the coffee and toast ready for the 3:00 am chat with another resident.

More About This Caregiver:

Vian works the overnight shift in a memory care long term care community where all of the residents are cognitively impaired. One wouldn’t ordinarily think that the overnight shift is one where the care partners have opportunities to engage with or develop relationships with the residents but in this community, it is quite the opposite. At any given time, there are at least 3 residents awake and being engaged. When a resident is unsettled and unable to sleep during the night, Vian invites him to relax on the living room recliner where she can tend to his needs and hopefully lull him back to sleep. When sleep doesn’t work, she finds an activity that is of interest to that man.

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