Good-byes are never easy. The Cerna Foundation made a tragic good-bye easier for someone with ALS who required intensive care. On December 21, 2016, Tom Cottom died from a very aggressive and swift battle with ALS. As the disease progressed, he was in the Cerna Foundation’s care. The Cerna Foundation raises money, awareness and volunteers to care for those in need. Tom is survived by many friends and a sister; he never married and had no children. His dad also died from ALS at age 60. Tom did not want to take the chance of passing the disease to his children.
Cerna Home Care caregivers are not wired to seek recognition. Caring for others is a calling. However, it does not negate the actions of Cerna Home Care individuals who do great things for others every day. In that spirit, Cerna Home Care has developed an Excellence in Service Awards program.
Excellence in Service Awards
The program’s purpose is a simple one – to call-out, no matter how humble the person, a Cerna employee’s dedication to excellence.
Cerna is comprised of remarkable people. Behind the scenes there are, of course, professional office personnel and a managerial team. Caring for one individual is a concerted effort of dozens of Cerna support staff.
However, the unsung heroes – the forgotten heroes, are caregivers. Caring for the elderly and sick requires a special set of skills. Cerna caregivers know our elders should have the care and attention they deserve, and they know their knowledge and values are assets to the community.
Cerna caregivers achieve a fine balance of professionalism, problem-solving, compassion, humor and love. This balance of high-quality care combined with emotional resilience is a constant. For this, Cerna is committed to making sure those Cerna caregivers who have displayed excellent service are not forgotten.
Cerna’s Excellence in Service Awards recognizes caregivers who go above and beyond to substantially enhance the quality of life for care recipients.
Would you like to share an example of how a Cerna caregiver made a profound difference in the life of a care recipient? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The perception of “the OC” is one of sunshine, beautiful beaches, affluence and high-end homes. That perception is partially true. However, there is another no-so-sparkly reality of poverty, hunger and homelessness. Since 2014, the annual number of Orange County homeless people has increased by an alarming twenty percent.
Cerna Home Care lent their support, time and hearts to the 2016 Irvine Walk to Defeat ALS. It is the ALS Association’s biggest annual event to raise funds for local chapters. The funds raised from the walk sustain care services and support research for much of the following year.
The Anaheim Walk to End Alzheimer’s was on November 14, 2015. Cerna’s CEO Nick Payzant participated in the Alzheimer’s walk along with Marc Friedman Cerna’s Senior Vice President – joined by Cerna’s Catalina Elwell, Laila Shanedling, family and friends. The day was filled with hope as people walked for a cure – and in remembrance of loved ones who will never see a cure.
The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Contact: Catalina Elwess, Client Care and Community Outreach Manager