What We Do
Kenosha caregivers provide the compassionate and vital assistance that clients seek. Local direct care workers are helping various populations in long term care settings. Direct care workers passionately assist clients in their homes, long term care facilities, and the community. Rewarding and positive, direct care work in Kenosha is extremely valued.
Kenosha Caregivers receive quality training and support. They acquire:
- Problem-solving skills
- Time management
- Professional attributes
- Life appreciation
After working as a fork lift driver in a factory for 30 years, Diane Laughlin was ready to begin a 2nd career. An ad in the newspaper for a supportive home caregiver sparked her interest, causing her to think “I can do this!” Diane has been a direct care worker since 2007 and has gained invaluable benefits from her career. She has learned how to assist clients with hands-on activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, eating, and exercising. She also helps with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), which is light housework, meal preparation, and running errands. As a supportive home caregiver, Diane Laughlin provides companionship and much needed assistance to clients. She has learned that “it is the ‘small actions’ that make people happy.” Inspiring and sincere, Diane Laughlin cares for people in the Kenosha community who appreciate her hard work. Her dedication and services allow clients to live independently in their homes.
Yuridia began a career in direct care work to get to "know different people with different disabilities and to better appreciate people." She has found her career to be very rewarding, causing her to be "attached to people like they're family." As a caregiver in private homes, Yuridia has gained many on-the-job skills. She has learned how to "manage stress and practice patience." Yuridia concludes that caregiving is "interesting, fun, and fulfilling."
Alfred Weatherspoon, Jr.
As a young child, Alfred cared for his mother. This experience sparked his interest in a second career as a caregiver. Alfred states that he received "training from Gateway that helps" when caring for those in need of assistance. He enjoys working in an assisted living facility because there is opportunity for "more one-on-one care." Through his job, Alfred has gained "communication and group skills." In one word, Alfred describes direct care work as "rewarding."
After basic and on-the-job training, Indonesia was ready to be a direct care worker. She strives to meet client needs and likes to see the "smiles on their faces." Direct care work is "more than a paycheck," causing Indonesia to "be a more caring person." She assists with "cleaning, preparing meals, personal cares, and taking residents bowling, to museums, and other places."
Cody has discovered that a career as a nursing assistant "eases into the medical field." Working in a nursing home has taught him "listening skills and how to connect with people." Cody describes caregiving as a "learning experience" that has increased his "time-management skills and patience in relationships."
Each year an award is presented by the Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Alliance to four caregivers, a caregiving team, a supervisor, and an administrator for the wonderful work they do for the citizens of Wisconsin. These awards don’t just recognize the winners - they recognize all long-term care workers who work hard every day to serve the older adults and individuals with disabilities in this state.
- Exhibit good care giving and other on-the-job skills
- Support co-workers
- Have superior work experience
- Provide good examples of professionalism
- Be a good role model for other direct care workers
Linda Davis, Award Winner
Anne Rabin, Nominator
Our Alliance members employ outstanding staff. We know this because at least one Alliance member employee has won a Caregiving Award for the past several years.
We are proud to announce that once again in 2013, one of this year's Spotlight Award winners works for one of our Kenosha County Long Term Care Workforce Alliance members - Shardae Feest of Society's Assets! Additionally, the Caregiving Team Award which was introduced this year was awarded to Scott Nejedly, Karen Severson and the late Betty Johnson, all Society's Assets employees. Congratulations to all!
And in 2010, Linda Davis, CNA, received the Spotlight Award due to her personal character and outstanding care of clients. Recognized because of her reliability, emotional dedication, and knowledge, Linda Davis inspires all caregivers to go above and beyond when helping others. She assists a young adult with developmental disabilities with basic healthcare, learning activities, and transportation. Linda Davis also provides care for an elderly woman in the community, among other clients. Compassion and dedication set Linda Davis apart, making her Caregiver of the Year!
Advocacy Voices Institute
Because of Linda's recognition as an inspirational caregiver, she was chosen to attend Voices Institute National Leadership Program sponsored by the Direct Care Alliance. The DCA's Voices Institute helps direct care workers and other advocates develop their leadership, advocacy, and organizational development skills, so they can advocate more effectively for better direct care jobs. The Direct Care Alliance selects direct care worker leaders for this intensive, week-long retreat, where they learn about advocacy, fundraising, organizational development, message development, and more.