This is an entry to recognize a top caregiver in the industry, submitted by Michele at Visiting Angels in Maryland. Please join us is recognizing a care job well done.
Annie has been an employee of Visiting Angels since 2016. Four ago years, she was introduced to her clients that are a couple and ever since she has cared for this couple as if they were family. This is a challenging 24/7 two-client case and only three caregivers cover it in accordance with their wishes.
Recently, the COVID-19 virus became present in the home. One of the other caregivers was positive for COVID but never presented any symptoms. Suddenly, two caregivers were covering a 24/7 case while one was in quarantine.
Annie worked over 70 hours per week while covering for the quarantined caregiver. Unfortunately, while she was caring for her clients (who were both COVID-positive), she contracted the virus herself. This was especially dangerous for her because she has additional health concerns that might exacerbate the already devastating effects of the virus. This courageous & dedicated caregiver continued to serve her clients despite becoming seriously ill. Eventually, she collapsed and was sent by ambulance to the hospital – but not before calling the office and ensuring that another caregiver could take her place. Once Annie arrived at the hospital, she was placed on life support. I remember how all of us at the office were frantic with worry that she wouldn’t make it through the night. Thankfully, Annie recovered and returned to work soon after.
Unfortunately, one of her clients did not recover from COVID. Now, this courageous hero must help the spouse of the client who passed through every detail of the closure since she really is his only family. She grieves just as he does but makes certain his needs are met first and foremost. To me, she is the most amazing woman and caregiver I’ll ever know. Annie truly has a special place in heaven. For now, I feel blessed to call her my Visiting Angel.