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CAREGiver of the Year Has Been a ‘Tower of Strength’

Dec 01, 2015

"Patsy has been a tower of strength during times of sadness and loss” 

A Cork senior made that proclamation in describing the CAREGiver of the Year, Patsy O’Sullivan from Ballinhassig, Cork at tonight's Home Instead Senior Care awards event in the Clarion Hotel. Patsy has helped  a number of clients continue to live safely and independently in their own homes , all with varying health related concerns. Patsy was presented her award by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O'Leary. “It’s an honour and a privilege to come to celebrate tonight and recognise the hard work that all of the CAREGivers do for Seniors. Congratulations to all of you but in particular Patricia O’Sullivan as National CAREGiver of the Year 2015.”

Noeleen Cronin, Owner and Managing Director of Home Instead in Blackrock, Cork, asked one  local senior, what she likes best about Patsy, who has been a CAREGiver for more than 6 years.  The response:  “Patsy is a  wonderful person. I have to say I would be totally lost without her. She  is always so kind and  most reliable. She shows such initiative, in that she will have the jobs done even before I have to ask and I know that Patsy will have everything done thoroughly. I have been crippled with pain and Patsy is the  most caring person. I would truly be lost without her”.

Patsy has cared for her client for a number of years  and provides approximately twenty hours of home care services each week. Her client was truly delighted to hear Patsy has been chosen as CAREGiver of the Year. She exclaimed, “Patsy has been our eyes ears, hands and legs. When my husband passed, she became a tower of strength at the time of deep sadness & loss”. Another daughter of a client clearly stated, “Patsy is fantastic and I can honestly say, she goes above and beyond the call of duty”.

During the award presentation, Noeleen highlighted some of Patsy’s CAREGiving accolades and attributes:

“Patsy  is a wonderful CAREGiver who joined our team in 2009. The attributes central to the care she provides to many clients, who have a wide range of complex care needs, includes kindness, sincerity, reliability, trustworthiness, professionalism and the utmost confidence. Clients needs range from assistance with all aspects of their daily routine and incorporates personal care, continence care and hoist transfers. Patsy  takes a lead in terms of care provision and does so in the most proficient manner at all times. She also completed her full FETAC Healthcare Award in 2013 with great pride”.

Speaking about her award win, Patsy said: “I can truly say, I have got more from my role as a CAREGiver than I have given. It is a privilege to help all those I have been caring for. I  love my work and if I can go to bed at night knowing that I have made a difference, I rest well. I’m a firm believer that we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others remains and is immortal.”

Patsy  concluded: “I am very proud to work with Home Instead. The support which is there from all of the team and at the end of the phone at any time is just amazing. I can honestly say I work with the best team ever”.

There were over 80 attendees, including 70  Caregivers at this special Awards event. Deirdre O'Shaughnessy of Cork's 96FM was the MC for the special event honouring the ladies and gentleman who help older people in the community live a happy, healthy and independent life in their own home for longer than otherwise possible.