HCAOA reached out to several of the Caregiver of the Year Award finalists to find out what makes them tick, why they chose to be a caregiver, and even learn some fun facts
Daina Muzirwa, Caring Friends Home Care, Conshohocken, PA
“I am a mother, and I have a gift of love. I am simply moved by the needs of others. Back home, in Zimbabwe, my community used to call me a Mother Teresa, because I used to take care of strangers, single pregnant girls who were rejected by family, as well as orphans. When I came here, I was drawn to the same line. I am fulfilled when I help and take care of those who can’t help themselves. Love heals and that’s why my patients always get better. I am a caregiver because I have so much love to give. I am indebted to humanity. Kindness is how my own mother raised me. Do to another what you would have them do to you. Fun fact: I sing with my patients and sometimes even dance just to make them light-hearted and laugh.”
Natalie Toledo, Loves Family Home Care, Fort Myers, FL
“One thing I find as a caregiver is that you have got to have a sense of humor! I’m always cracking up that some of my 90-year-olds can out-walk me! Watch out if they say they used to golf. Another fun fact is that I love art. I will go out to painting with a twist to brush up on some skills or get creative on Tik Tok with my cat named Magic. The third fact is that I am honored to have served in the Armed Services. I was a Medical Technician for nine years Active Duty Air Force. That was a LONG time ago! I am a proud mother of two HANDSOME and LOVING sons, that are the world to me.”
Adrienne Cooper, All About You Home Health, Easthampton, MA
“I decided a long time ago that there is no bigger joy or feeling of purpose than being able to help a person. As a caregiver/HHA/CNA you use everything you learn to help you complete a task - when finished if your client is smiling then you know your job was done. Fun facts: I am a mother of three and grandmother of one. I enjoy crocheting, reading, as well the outdoors. In the winter I love to bake and then share with my clients. As my grandmother always told me - it takes a special person to do what you do and that I was that special person. Always remember one small act of kindness can go a very long way.”
Click here to read about all Caregiver of the Year Award finalists and the full list of nominees.