Wisconsin group offers caregiver contests

By Judy Rank


I just received information from the Wisconsin Caregivers Association about two wonderful caregiver contests.

WCA and the Wisconsin Association for Area Agencies on Aging (W4A) are co-sponsoring the second annual Caregiver of the Year Spotlight Award and the Cornerstone Award.

The Caregiver of the Year Spotlight Award will be given to a CNA, home care aide, resident assistant, adult day care worker or other direct caregiver. The winner who will be selected must not only be a kind and caring professional who supports clients, but one who also supports co-workers. The recipient of the 2002 award becomes a role model for caregivers and proudly represents them in Wisconsin.

The person being nominated must be a certified nurse assistant, resident assistant, home health aide, home care aide, personal care worker, rehabilitation aide, adult day care worker, medication aide, or other direct caregiver.

To nominate a person, please write in 100 words or less why the person you are nominating deserves the W4A's 2002 Caregiver of the Year Spotlight Award. Include an act of kindness or caring.

Here are some questions to get you started: (these are only suggestions)

n How long has this person worked in the field of direct care?

n How does this person exhibit good caregiving and other on-the-job skills?

n How does this person support co-workers?

n How does this person exhibit professionalism?

n How will this person be a good role model to represent direct care workers in Wisconsin for a year?

The Cornerstone Award will go to a supervisor or manager who helps caregivers in their professional development, encouraging and empowering them to continually improve their skills. He or she will be a good model for other supervisors and administrators in the state.

The person nominated for this award may be an administrator, social worker, director of nursing, or supervisor who has been supportive of caregivers, their co-workers and their profession. This person must have made a positive difference in your life.

To nominate a person, please write in 100 words or less why the person you are nominating deserves the W4A Cornerstone Award. Include an example of how your nominee has shown support for you as a caregiver.

Here are a few questions to get you started: (these are only suggestions)

n How long has this person been a supervisor or manager?

n How has this person helped you in your professional development?

n How has this person supported you and your co-workers?

n How has this person empowered and encouraged you to be the best caregiver that you can be?

Nomination forms are available in the Aging Resource Center office. Mail or fax your nominations to the Aging Resource Center, P.O. Box 935, Manitowoc, WI 54221-0935 by May 8, so that we can forward them to WCA. Our fax number is 683-2718.

All entries will also be judged locally with recognition through the Manitowoc County Caregivers Association.

Please call our office at 683-4180 if you have any questions or would like more information.

Judy Rank is director of the Manitowoc County Aging Resource Center.