Organization: Eugenia's House
Why should this person be nominated? (What makes nominee unique; why should they be selected the winner of this category?
Ofelia owns and operates a Board & Care RCFE home for the elderly in the Long Beach area.
What is this nominee’s involvement in senior care or senior issues
Ofelia is an R.N. with many years of caregiving experience. She goes WAY above and beyond for her residents. She recently assessed and accepted a resident who was battling cancer with radiation treatments AND who has renal failure requiring dialysis 3 times per week. Prior to adminsition, the resident's daughter had been completely overwhelmed with providing the required care to keep her Mom alive, putting at risk the daughter's own health. Ofelia arranged for doctor visits, radiation treatments, and dialysis trips with a caregiver. Ofelia took all of this on while knowing full well that this resident could pass at any time. The amount of time an effort that Ofelia dedicated to this resident far outweighed the monetary value she was receiving. Yet she continued to be dedicated to preserving the resident's life. The amount of joy and relief this provided the daughter can not be measured.
This is only one example of Ofelia's dedication to the senior community. She has the same caregiving mentality with her other 5 residents in her home, and genuinely has affinity for all seniors, and people alike.