2013 Nominees Section
Organization: Foundation for Senior Care
Why should this person be nominated? (What makes nominee unique; why should they be selected the winner of this category?
Teddie Borges is the Administrator at the Fallbrook Senior/Adult Day Care Center, a program of the Foundation for Senior Care. When her favorite uncle was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Teddie decided to abandon her field of study in criminology and find a way to help her cousin care for him. She began her career working with clients with memory impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s when she answered an ad for an Activities Assistant working in an Alzheimer’s Adult Day Healthcare Facility and never looked back. When the facility closed, she went back to school and started a licensed child care program. About a year later, she answered a request from the Fallbrook Healthcare Foundation (now d/b/a Foundation for Senior Care) to reopen the facility; she jumped on it and has been at the center ever since.
What is this nominee’s involvement in senior care or senior issues
Teddie has fourteen years of experience in the care giving field. She has worked at our Senior/Adult Day Care Center for over ten years, specializing in dementia care, in home care, community resources, case management and referrals, caregiver assistance, marketing and fundraising. She is passionate about what she does in advocating for both the client and their loved ones. She is an incredible example of professionalism and integrity and always goes above and beyond the expectations of her job description. She spends hours consoling and encouraging the caregivers, providing case management and assistance in managing the journey they are facing in caring for a loved one with memory impairment. She genuinely cares for every person who walks through the door of the Center and strives to make a difference in the life of each and every one. She truly has a heart to serve and with her vast experience, exemplary work ethic and genuinely caring attitude, she has the ability to adapt to any and every care giving situation with ease. It is very difficult to find people that love working in the day care setting. It takes a very special person, and Teddie Borges is one of those people. She is the perfect caregiver and advocate, both in and out of the Center.
Teddie is very knowledgeable about dementia, Alzheimer's and memory impairment on every level. She has studied in depth about the disease, and possesses a vast amount of knowledge about all stages of memory impairment. Teddie is a genuinely caring, compassionate person and strives to make a difference in the lives of both the caregivers and clients who come to the Center. As such, she is able to offer case management and provide encouragement, spending countless hours in advocating for caregivers and clients and providing resources to help make their lives manageable and meaning.
All of the clients and their caregivers adore Teddie. We repeatedly hear time and time again from the caregivers/loved ones who state that she is a source of kind, thoughtful caring that they never imagined they could possibly find. Whatever fears a caregiver may harbor about leaving their loved one at the Center quickly fade upon meeting Teddie. They sense the concern, care, experience and patience she provides to each and every person in caring for adults and seniors suffering from memory impairment. One of our client’s wife even stated that Teddie “saved her life” stepping in to assist at a time when managing her husband’s advancing Alzheimer’s was becoming too much to bear alone. It has also been stated that often when the client is aware that they will be attending the Center, they greet the day with an additional amount of anticipation. All of the clients benefit greatly from being in such a loving, caring, social environment that provides interaction with the other attendees under the direction of the special, caring staff that Teddie has assembled.
Due to Teddie's vast knowledge about memory impairment and the disease of dementia and Alzheimer's she is the "go-to" person for any questions or concerns. She is a sought after and respected guest speaker for seminars and classes on the topic of understanding dementia. The Foundation for Senior Care recently held a mini-seminar on the topic of dementia and our facility was packed with standing room only. Teddie’s education includes courses in: Memory Impairment Specialists Program, Parkinson’s Disease, Communicable Disease, Psychotropic Drugs and she is a certified facilitator for support group by the Alzheimer’s Association. Teddie has also been a member of the Bonsall Rotary Club, Fallbrook Woman’s Club and a past member of the California Day Care Professionals Association and the Activity Coordinator Organization. She is passionate about her job and envisions starting a ‘gap’ program for young adults suffering with various types of memory impairment.
Teddie is known throughout the community for her knowledge regarding memory impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as for being the ultimate advocate anyone under her care. She lives and breathes the amazing work she does as a caregiver on and off the job. She is approachable, caring, concerned and genuinely loves what she does with every fiber of her being and strives to make a difference in the lives of the people she works with day in and day out. She is most deserving of the honor of receiving recognition and an award such as this one as she truly is a Senior Care Hero!