Friends Life Care to Recognize Home Health Aides at 5th Annual Best of Friends Luncheon

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Nonprofit continuing care and long term care provider Friends Life Care will recognize exceptional home health aides in Pennsylvania and Delaware at its 5th Annual Best of Friends Home Health Aide Awards Luncheon. The November 17 event will recognize deserving aides who reflect and support the organization’s overall mission: helping individuals and families remain in their homes as they age.

Friends Life Care® a nonprofit Quaker organization that provides a unique alternative to long term care insurance, will host its 5th Annual Best of Friends Home Health Aide Awards Luncheon in Abington, PA, on November 17. The Best of Friends luncheon will recognize and honor exceptional home health aides, the unsung heroes of the home health care industry who demonstrate their professionalism by the quality of care they provide to members of Friends Life Care.

“Home health aides have really difficult jobs. In many years in this industry, I have found that they are typically very under appreciated. The program was founded at Friends Life Care five years ago on the concept that more recognition was a special way to say ‘thank you’ to those deserving aides who consistently went above and beyond the call of duty for the people they serve,” says Jane Storman, Director of Provider Relations, Friends Life Care.

Friends Life Care offers continuing care and long term care protection by providing wellness programs, home health care, related personal-care services and facility care to enrolled members in the Philadelphia and Delaware areas. Individuals and couples become members of Friends Life Care in order to protect their independence, guard their financial security and gain peace of mind. All member care is provided and coordinated by a team of credentialed, carefully screened and selected professionals and Care Coordinators are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Best of Friends awards program supports the overall mission of Friends Life Care: to help people remain in their home as they age. It does so by supporting the care givers who provide dignity to Friends Life Care members and who help keep members feeling supported and safe during some of the hardest days and years of their lives.

“The nominees are an amazing group of individuals who care deeply about the people they serve. They make a tremendous difference in each member’s quality of life. Their compassion and dedication makes it possible for Friends Life Care to fulfill its mission of helping our members remain in their own homes,” says Carol Barbour, President, Friends Life Care.

A committee of Care Coordinators has selected six winners from the field of nominees, three aides in the hourly category and three in the live-in category. In making its decision, the awards committee looked for those care givers who are rated highest by members in areas of attitude, dependability, problem-solving skills, communication skills, respect and dignity, personal appearance, and overall satisfaction. This year’s winners for the Friends Life Care “Best of Friends Awards 2010” are:

Hourly: First place, Shirley Sharper, Silver Lining; second place, Jane Mbevi, Special Care Lehigh Valley; third place, Lineth Porter, Silver Lining.

Live-in: First place, Daphne Pommells, Human Touch; second place, Hanna Adjei, Attentive care; third place (tie), Cynthia Shaw and Evelyn Clarke, Human Touch Home Care Options.

Winners will receive checks from Friends Life Care in the following amounts:
First place $500; second place $300; third place $100. Every aide nominated, aside from the winners, will receive a certificate of honorable mention and a $10 gift card. Winners can invite family members to attend the luncheon and the Friends Life Care member each serves will also attend the event. This invitation-only event is open to members of the press.

About Friends Life Care
Friends Life Care is a Quaker-based and not-for-profit organization that has proudly served families in the Philadelphia and Delaware areas for more than 20 years. Individuals applying for membership must be in good general health, live in Pennsylvania or Delaware, and be between the ages of 40 and 81. For more information, visit http://www.friendslifecare.org

Event details:
5th Annual
Best of Friends Home Health Aide Awards Luncheon
November 17, 2010
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m.

The Brownstone at Sunrise of Abington
1801 Susquehanna Avenue
Abington, PA 19001

Media contact:
Amy Josef
215-628-8964
ajosef(at)friendslifecare(dot)org

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