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How to Nominate

 

Nominations Open June 1st thru August 31st
*You must register to nominate and/or vote

 

TELL A STORY!!

 

  • Why is this person a hero?   Nominations that show heart, integrity and making a difference for others get noticed.
  • A story that gives an example of the nominee's "above and beyond" service is going to be more seriously considered than one that only says “this person is amazing!”
  • Quote or Quotes from the nominee or from others about him/her are always helpful.
  • A picture if possible!
  • Be sure to include the correct contact information for the nominee.   Also, if you are uncertain of the correct category for the nominee, select what you think is best and we will revise the category if appropriate.

 

The important thing to remember when writing a nomination is that no matter how wonderful this person is, the people voting for and ultimately judging your nominee can only do so based on what you write! You have probably told a story about this person to others many times – write that!

 

The key to writing a noticeable nomination is remembering that we are recognizing the heroes, both in senior care and seniors themselves.  Include as many of the following elements as possible:

 

What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues? (This can include their role, duties, previous awards/recognitions, etc. Example: Dr. X has been a specialist for 26 years; Physician of the Year; Works for X hospital; Former Director)
 

Following are the actual nominations for past Senior Care Hero recipients.

 
Example #1 – Professional Category:
List your nominee's experience in Senior Care. This can include their role, duties, previous awards/recognitions, etc. Ex: Dr. X has been a specialist for 26 years; Physician of the Year; Works for X hospital; Former Director.

Kim has worked for Placentia-Linda Hospital for 24 years, and has been in the Emergency Department for 13 years. She is an incredible patient advocate who routinely gives her personal time to benefit those around her. Last year she was integral in the development and implementation of our new Senior Track, an area in the Emergency Department tailored to the comfort and unique accommodations of our senior population. The Senior Track consists of four rooms dedicated to easing the transition of seniors into the Emergency Department. These rooms feature easily-legible clocks, custom lighting, prominent hand rails and comforting decor. She raised awareness of the program throughout the community, and encouraged GENE (Geriatric Emergency Nursing Education) certification among the ED staff. In 2011, she was awarded the Heroes with Heart Award for her exceptional kindness and sensitivity.

 

Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
Anyone who knows Kim can attest to her unending patience, kindness and personal integrity. She is constantly being complimented by her patients and families for her personal touch and dedication. She routinely calls her senior patients at home after discharge to "check in" and ensure not only that they received the care and attention they needed in the hospital, but that they have the resources to excel after discharge. For her more critically ill seniors, she even visits with the patients and families in the ICU and step down units. There is not one singular story that I can recount to describe the impact Kim has had on her co-workers and patients, but her impact is undeniable. The story I will never forget about her is when a senior patient on another unit was dying with no family around. Once her shift was finished, Kim quietly went to the patient's room, sat with her and held her hand until she peacefully passed away early the following morning. This was a woman Kim had never actually met, never treated, and had only heard about while transferring a patient to the floor, but still she refused to allow her to die alone. She is an exceptional nurse and advocate, and touches everyone who has the honor of meeting her.

 
Example #2 – a People’s Choice category:

List your nominee's experience in Senior Care. This can include their role, duties, previous awards/recognitions, etc. Ex: Dr. X has been a specialist for 26 years; Physician of the Year; Works for X hospital; Former Director.

Gincy Heins is truly a Senior Care Hero. Gincy is a loving mother, dedicated volunteer, and passionate advocate. She is also the family caregiver for her husband who suffers from memory loss. Shortly after her husband was diagnosed, Gincy dedicated her life to caring for her husband to ensure that he is well cared for as they face the challenges that come with dementia. When Gincy is not volunteering for Alzheimer's Orange County or caring for her husband, she spends time helping other members of the community cope with the stresses that come with caregiving.

 

Describe how your Nominee has exceeded his or her Job Description, becoming a hero to you or others. Provide an example or as much detail as possible of the things that they do that go above and beyond their job description.
Always putting family first, Gincy ensures her husband receives the care and support he needs while continuing to fulfill her role as a parent. Gincy became a Community Outreach Volunteer and Advocate for Alzheimer's Orange County several years ago as a way to give back to the organization that has provided her support along the way and to help raise awareness about the impact that memory loss has on our lives. Whether its driving her husband to a social class for brain exercises or to a City Council Meeting, Gincy is always there to care for her husband. Caregiving has become such a part of her life, she even co-authored the book 365 Caregiving Tips: Travel and Respite Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers as a way to let other family caregivers know that they are not alone and that help is there for those who need it. Gincy has truly opened her heart to the senior care community and that is why she has been nominated for the Family Member Hero - People's Choice Awards. Alzheimer's Orange County, her husband, son, and the community is lucky to have Gincy as part of their lives.