2014 Nominees Section
Organization: Oasis In-Home Care
What role does your nominee have in senior care and senior care issues?
Megan has worked as a professional caregiver in a variety of senior care settings. Her most recent experience is her excelling in providing care to seniors in their own home.
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, Megan Jimenez embodies this ethic at an entirely different level.
Megan’s selflessness has been clearly demonstrated in her willingness to self-sacrifice for the sake of her clients. Of the many examples that speak to her dedication, two stand out as especially noteworthy. One example of Megan’s tenacity in the face of adversity was when her husband was involved in a major car accident prior to her scheduled shift. The senior for whom Megan was caring was bedbound and relied entirely on our caregivers for fundamental care. Megan’s husband was hospitalized for his injuries, and yet Megan, once ensuring that her husband was stable, made it to the client’s to provide the care she needed.
A second, more poignant example of Megan’s displaying courage from a position of weakness centers on an elderly female client in the debilitating late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. According to her client’s family, Megan has made their formerly apprehensive mother “feel comfortable” and they have “developed a bond”. This bond was put to the test when Megan’s father suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from a stroke. Knowing that her client’s disease requires consistency, and in order to minimize any disruption her client might face in her absence, Megan courageously set her own feelings aside and requested only two days off from her assignment (for funeral arrangements). It’s no surprise that her client’s family says “Megan always goes the extra mile”, and that she “often exceeds our expectations”.
Born out of a personal ethic, and in spite of very trying circumstances, Megan self-sacrificially places her clients’ immediate needs above her own. Megan heroically engages in providing clients with excellent care where many others in the industry might consider stepping back.