More than 60,000 home care aides are working in homes across Massachusetts to meet the needs of vulnerable older adults during the Coronavirus pandemic. On June 24th, the Home Care Community came together to recognize these unsung front line heroes with a Home Care Aide Recognition Day.
The recognition day was held in honor of all aides providing the in-home assistance that older adults and people with disabilities need to maintain independence and well-being in their own homes.
Home care workers have gone above and beyond during the pandemic, providing personal high quality services with care and compassion, despite the risks and challenges presented by a nationwide health crisis.
Most of the nominees for recognition have never missed a shift; picked up extra shifts when their colleagues were sick or caring for their own loved ones; and some even lived apart from their family – all to ensure that the people they serve can stay healthy at home during this public health emergency.
To highlight the work of these critical caregivers, the home care community recognized more than 100 Massachusetts home health and home care aides by sharing their stories online and through social media using the hashtags #HomeCareHeroes, #HomeCareisEssential, #HealthyatHome, #EssentialWorkers and #AgingInPlace.
Bethany At Home salutes Mattie Cummings and Terry Mwangi, who were acknowledged as Home Care Heroes during Home Care Aide Recognition Day.
Mattie Cummings gives her heart and soul to each of her Bethany at Home clients and has been an asset to the home care profession, serving residents of Framingham, Ashland and other parts of MetroWest.
Mattie’s purpose shines through with each home visit. She is truly an essential team member of Bethany at Home. Mattie personifies the Bethany at Home philosophy to engage her clients during every visit, meeting not only the physical needs of an aging population, but their social and emotional needs and desire to “age in place” as well.
Mattie has been “all in” from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While many families rightfully have felt anxious, recognizing that the elderly population has been hardest hit, Mattie continues to maintain an atmosphere of competency and calm for her clients, making them feel safe and well cared for in their home. Bethany at Home is honored to have Mattie Cummings as a valued member of our home care team.
Terry Mwangi has been part of the Bethany at Home team for many years, covering Framingham and the MetroWest area. Terry chose her career path in home care many years ago. She is a remarkable and seasoned home care professional who is also a Certified Nursing Assistant.
The difference Terry has made through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has been turning what could have been a very lonely home experience for her clients into a joyful sense of togetherness. She has brought comfort to those who could not have family support yet were in need of homemaking and personal care services and perhaps most importantly, has provided needed emotional support and a feeling of safety in the home.
Terry brings not only her experience and knowledge to home health care, but her heart and soul as well, and our families continue to praise her for all she has done as a valued member of our Bethany at Home team.
Bethany Health Care Center and Bethany at Home are proud to acknowledge Mattie, Terry and all of our dedicated home health care professionals for the essential work they do in our community!