Three Griswold Home Care Caregivers Receive National Awards!

May 24, 2012

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Six months ago, the National Corporate staff of  Griswold Home Care asked each of its 175 offices to submit names of Caregivers that would be recognized nationally from amongst more than 10,000 Caregivers working with Clients of Griswold Home care.  There were three awards to be given, with a first, second and third place, and “honorable mentions” for each award.  The awards were:

  • Caregiver of the Year
  • Mentor Award
  • Self Development Award

The Atlanta Northeast and Lanier offices of Griswold Home Care submitted three Caregivers as candidates for these awar


ds.  Today’s show celebrates the fact that all three Caregivers nominated received a national award!

Sharon McCullough, on our registry for 17 years, was nominated for both the Self Development Award and the Mentor award.  These nominations stemmed from a very difficult client for whom Sharon developed an approach to care that helped educate herself, her fellow Caregivers, and the Client’s family.  The results were remarkable, moving the Client from a place of resistance and combativeness to peace and positive interaction with those around her.  From a pool of 10,000 Caregivers, Sharon won 1st place for the Self Development Award, and 2nd place for the Mentor award.

Patrice Newkirk was a self-starter from the moment she joined us in 3008.  Her very first case had her driving 36 miles one way 5-6 days per week.  Typically dealing with difficult clients, Patrice has taken the initiative to learn about the things that interest and affect her clients, whether or not she had a personal interest in the subject.  She has also educated herself on the various health conditions from which her clients suffer so that she can better relate to their experience, and so that she can quickly recognize the symptoms of a worsening condition.  For this, Patrice was awarded 2nd place for the Self Development award.

Elaine Lawson has demonstrated over and over, in the seven years with Griswold Home Care, that she is a “caregiver’s caregiver”!  With compassion and determination, she has exemplified the meaning of the word “caregiver” by keeping her clients comfortable, informed, active and safe.  She routinely goes “above and beyond the call”, even spending her own free time rushing over to help her clients whenever they call for her.  Consequently, Elaine has received an “honorable mention” as the overall National Griswold Home Care Caregiver of the Year.

Please join us in congratulating these fine, professional Caregivers on their achievement.  We are thrilled to have them on the show to tell their stories.  For more information on Griswold Home Care, please visit our website at, or call us at (770) 908-0707.