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Caregivers Honored for Contributions

by Connie McMullen

The Nevada Caregiver Coalition honored community caregivers at the 7th Annual Caregiver Recognition Celebration held November 15, at the Atlantis Resort.

Each year the coalition accepts nominations and honors the caregivers in November, which is National Caregiver month. This year 45 caregivers were nominated for the Linda Carr Caregiver Award. Carr was a dedicated caregiver remembered for a life of compassionate giving.

Six nominees were given special recognition for their tireless efforts.

Kathy CarpenterKathy Carpenter was given the Linda Carr Double Life Caregiver of the Year Award for dedication in caring for her 92-year-old mother, Julia, who lives alone in the same home she has lived in for the past 50-years. Carpenter cares for her mother before and after work, while working a full time position at the Reno Senior Center.

Julia, holding Kathy.“The love for her mother shows in her actions wether she is verbally talking to her during the 10th call of the day at work, or in her home about a routine daily task her mother no longer understands how to accomplish,” wrote Dawn Costa, a co-worker who nominated Carpenter. “For many years Kathy and her husband would wake very early in the morning to get ready for work and then drive across town to her mom’s home to check on her, make her breakfast and administer her medications. After work Kathy would return to her mother’s home and have dinner, visit and make sure all was well before returning to her home. This has been a daily part of her life for many years.”

Another outstanding caregiver honored was Rosa Moala, who received the Linda Carr In-Facility Caregiver of the Year Award. Moala was nominated for the caring relationships she has created with the residents of the Arbors, all of whom are living with some form of dementia. “She is reliable and passionate about her job and compassionate with our residents,” said Gina Stutchman, owner of the Arbors. “We can all count on Rosa.”

Additionally, Megan Riley was awarded In Home Paid Caregiver; Janet Hatch as Hospice Caregiver; Edwina Taylor, Caregiver for a Child, and Bonnie Timmreck, Family Caregiver.

(Left to right) Bonnie Timmreck, Family Caregiver; Kathy Carpenter, Double Life Caregiver; Edwina Taylor, Caregiver for a Child; Rosa Moala, In Facility Caregiver; and Megan Riley, In Home Paid Caregiver.