Position: Social Worker
Organization: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
When I informed Angelique that she have been nominated to the Senior Care Hero Awards, she was so Humbled that she didn't want to accept the nomination. It took many different approaches and time to convince her. I'm glad she accepted it because they is no one more caring, dedicated and passionate to make a difference than Angelique.
Here is just part of her story: "I have been working as a social worker in the rehabilitation and medical arena working with adults and the geriatric population. I obtained my Master’s degree in social work in 1986 from San Diego State University and prior to that I obtained my bachelors of science degree from University of California at Irvine in 1984. I have been employed as a medical social worker at both La
Palma Intercommunity Hospital and the past 15 years I have spent working at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in the inpatient adult rehabilitation unit. As a social worker, my role is to provide older adults dealing with chronic and acute health issues with support, advocacy, resource referral and education. My goal is to always try to maintain dignity for my patients whom I'm serving and to promote self- determination whenever possible. I often search for resources "and try and think" outside of the box" in order to help fulfill the wishes of my patients. I provide individual counseling to patients and their family who are dealing with life after a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease etc.
I also help facilitate stroke support groups and a spinal cord injury support group at Long Beach Memorial inpatient rehab unit. I am also a guest lecturer for the Parkinson's support group held at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.
I am very passionate about what I do, compassionate, a good communicator and find that one of my strengths is my ability to understand what my patients and their families are trying to express when sometimes they don't know how to express their feelings, wants or needs. I also feel that it is important to try and put yourself "in their shoes" in order to get a better understanding and appreciate the needs of the client served. I am always striving to be as gentle and clear with my communication as possible. Being resourceful and creative is a strong attribute that I also possess.
Why should this person be nominated
When you talk about will power, dedication and passion, you're talking about Angelique. She has overcome her own disabilities and has dedicated her life to help others. There is no one that can even come close to her loving, caring and her passion for life. She goes above and beyond to make sure that her seniors are cared for. She is a beautiful human being in every single way, she is golden!!! If you're looking for a hero, don't look any more her name in Angelique, she is my hero. Wait, she is everyone's hero!!