At the Home Care Assistance Annual Conference in October, Aleks was selected from among thousands of caregivers nationwide as Caregiver of the Year. We are so thrilled for her, as she exemplifies the best of the Balanced Care Method everyday with her client, Joe. Joe’s daughters, Sulie and Stephanie, had many thoughtful remarks regarding Alex’s compassion and care. Sulie, a professional opera singer in Vienna, even sang her praises! Visit our Facebook page to see the full video.
Each time I visit I am happy to see that the bond between my Dad and Aleks has grown even stronger than before. She has an uncanny ability to read him, to respect him, to know his needs. She has become ‘his person.’- Sulie
This is the second time a caregiver from the Chicago franchise has received the National Caregiver Award in just two years. Thank you clients and team for contributing to these achievements.
On March 22, we were honored to welcome Dr. Gunther Rice, author of Tell Everybody, Tell Everything: The Story of My Family and My Journey, as our special guest at our Chicago office ribbon cutting. After being expelled from Germany to Poland during WWII, his mother had secured passage for him on the Kindertransport to Wales. Dr. Rice eventually made his way to the United States. His parents and sister were killed by the Nazis in Poland.
Margalit Tocher presented HCA’s first annual Lifetime Achievement award to Dr. Rice for his contributions to community throughout his career as a clinical psychologist and as a model of the Balanced Care Method. He currently leads chess and book clubs.
Following a fall a year ago, Dr. Rice noted that his image of himself changed, and he realized he needed help at home to continue living independently. He said he always looks forward to the days his caregiver, Jadwiga, comes to his home. He also appreciated the care and concern during the initial assessment with Nancy Hopkins, Home Care Assistance’s client care manager in Kenilworth.
This is my grandmother, Dorothy, or Dobby to those who were close. She was born in 1922 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the third of three daughters. She was smart, funny and beautiful.