2017 Nominees Section
Position: Home Care Aide
Organization: Oasis In-Home Care
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
A natural caregiver, Melanie already has a meaningful record of selflessly serving others for the past several years. She provides loving, compassionate care to her senior clients, as well as assisting with care needs of her elderly family members.
Why should this person be nominated
The word “Hero” defines someone who “in the face of adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice—that is, heroism”. While all Oasis caregivers consistently and compassionately engage with their senior clients, Melanie Finder embodies this ethic in a way that sets her apart from her colleagues.
Melanie’s selflessness has been clearly demonstrated in her willingness to self-sacrifice for the sake of her clients. Of the many instances that speak to her dedication, two stand out as especially noteworthy. One example of Melanie’s tenacity in the face of adversity involved a recent health issue. On her second day back from being off due to a severe illness, Melanie received the call that her client’s relief caregiver would be unavailable for the overnight shift due to a family emergency. The client’s frail wife was beside herself with anxiety, and actually cried at the idea of someone unfamiliar coming to the home at the last minute. Despite just getting over her own serious illness, Melanie agreed to stay on and work a full 36 hours to give her client peace of mind. In fact, the next morning, she accompanied her client to the hospital for a procedure. To comfort him and let him know he wasn’t alone, Melanie sat with him and held his hand during the procedure. Melanie, out of concern for her critically ill client and client's 80+year old wife, and already over 30 hours info a shift, chose to remain with her client until he was home and safely situated. Melanie overlooked her own need for recuperation to be there to care for a family experiencing a very difficult time. This self-sacrifice and "others first" mindset is embodied in the best of heroes.
Another example of Melanie’s recent heroism was when a physical altercation recently broke out at a client’s home between visiting family members. Exhibiting the bravery, quick thinking, and “cool head” of a true hero, Melanie’s top concern was keeping her client safe and out of harm’s way. Even as police were responding to the situation, Melanie advocated for her client and insisted on remaining at her client’s side as soon as was possible. This selfless act is just a recent example of why Melanie’s clients so often say “Melanie is terrific”, and “she is a lifesaver”.
Melanie’s hopeful and disarming personality undoubtedly helps her approach very challenging circumstances with optimism. In spite of sometimes very trying circumstances, Melanie self-sacrificially places her clients’ immediate needs above her own. Whether it be picking up shifts at the last minute to put a client’s mind at ease, or physically standing between harm and a senior, Melanie heroically engages in providing clients with excellent care where many others would balk. Melanie, you are a senior care hero!