Priscilla Norton knows first-hand what a valuable asset the right caregiver can be when caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease. Luckily for Priscilla, she found that perfect caregiver when Cornerstone VNA in Rochester sent Marie Stickles, who was recently named Home Care Association of New Hampshire LNA of the year.
A few years ago Rochester resident Priscilla Norton found herself unable to provide all of the day to day care needs of her husband, who had worsening Parkinson’s disease. Her husband wanted to stay in their home, so Priscilla called her local VNA. Priscilla admits she was apprehensive about having a stranger come into her home, but says Marie’s matter of fact demeanor eased her nervousness. “She went into his bedroom and said, ‘Good morning young man.’ He was comfortable with her right from the start,” says Priscilla. Marie’s smile and upbeat attitude are contagious, “which is so important to the caregivers of a very sick person,” she added.
Licensed Nursing Assistants, like Marie Stickles, provide basic patient care and assist with nursing procedures and often include helping with “activities of daily living,” including personal hygiene, meal preparation, and assistance with self-administration of medicine. For seniors and adults with disabilities, Licensed Nursing Assistants (LNAs) are often the unsung heroes that provide the care needed for folks to stay in their home.
“[My husband] is now in a care facility, so I was thrilled when I learned that she could continue to take care of him there! She is so patient, I know he is in good hands.”
Stickles began her career working with Cornerstone six years ago in the Adult Day Center then moved over to the private duty program. “Caring about others first come naturally for Marie,” says Janice Howard, Life Care Director at Cornerstone VNA. “She is a kind, skilled and compassionate caregiver.”
The gift Marie has given her patients in compassionate quality care can be measured by the smiles and hugs, as well as the outpouring she received from them for nomination of this award. “Marie has found her gift in caring for people,” says Norton. “I am proud to say how much I appreciate her.”
The Home Care Assocation of New Hampshire has been recognizing outstanding caregivers in the home care setting since it was founded in 1974. This year’s LNA was chosen by the nominations submissions of the 39 private and non-profit home care agencies that make up the Association. The member agencies provide services across the state for thousands of New Hampshire residents of all ages who are recovering from surgery, injury or illness, have chronic or terminal illnesses, or other conditions needing support at home. www.homecarenh.org