Andrea Helsel is the winner of the January Hospice Caregiver Award, presented by Horan & McConaty. Andrea was nominated by Nancy and Mike Hallowell who submitted the following letter explaining why they nominated Julie.
Andrea Helsel may be small in stature, but the impact she has on the patients, family, staff and volunteers at Porter Hospice Residence is immense. Andrea has a tireless dedication to her work and an amazing capacity to meet the diverse needs of those she serves. In a typical day, Andrea will meet with families to discuss and coordinate hospice admission. She will listen to their concerns, patiently answering their questions and providing compassionate emotional support as families struggle through this difficult time. Once in the residence, Andrea continues to support the patients and families also helping staff and volunteers when there are issues such as family feuds and other dysfunctions that arise as individuals near the end of their life. Andrea has a truly gift to be fully present and to truly listen to those around her. Andrea also goes out of her way to coordinate special treats for patients. One of the patients, for instance, was a huge Broncos and Tim Tebow fan. Andrea arranged for him to attend a game and to meet his favorite quarterback. The patient was never happier and talked about that special day for several weeks. In another instance, one of the patients was an animal lover who hadn’t been able to go outside her home or the residence for several months. Thanks to Andrea’s efforts the patient and her son got to have “a jail break,” spending a very special day at the Denver Zoo. It is out honor to nominate Andrea for the Hospice Caregiver Award.
Each monthly Caregiver Award winner will receive a gift card that can be used for whatever the recipient decides and an award.
At the end of twelve months the review committee will select the Caregiver of the Year to be revealed at a banquet honoring the twelve finalists. The Caregiver of the Year will win a trip for two within Colorado.
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