We’re delighted to announce that the winner of the 2014 Carer of the Year is Patricia Barry from Limerick. We made it a double celebration and asked our 2014 Carer of the Year to cut the ribbon on the opening of our new offices. We could have asked a government minister but we felt it was fitting that Patricia was the most worthy person to do the honours, as our number 1 Carer of the Year.
Almost 1300 professional home carers work with Comfort Keepers Home Care, providing a high quality of care to many clients around Ireland. Choosing a winner wasn’t easy and Patricia has been working with Comfort Keepers since 2008, providing a consistently high quality of care to her clients.
Previous to working for Comfort Keepers, Patricia worked in retail and also spent a number of years caring for her mother. Patricia was representing her Limerick office, which covers the areas of Limerick, Cork, North Tipp and Galway. While she doesn’t work full-time (she has two daughters), Patricia sees her four clients every weekday with another carer or family members providing the care over the weekend.
It is clear that Patricia loves her caring role “I don’t see it as work,” she said. She loves visiting her clients, making a difference to their day, helping them with their personal care and retaining their dignity. She was almost speechless after receiving her trophy, saying that she “felt humbled” and it was “so lovely to be recognised”. It is clear to see that Patricia has a natural flair for caring.
Patricia also spoke highly of the support she receives from the office staff in Limerick, how supportive they are, how no question is too small, how the back-up support is so important. She mentions being saddened by the death of a client some time ago, she had looked after the lady for four years and found the back-up support to be amazing. Comfort Keepers also makes bereavement counselling available to carers if they would like to avail of it.
Many congratulations to Patricia once again, winner of the 2014 Carer of the Year. If you would like to avail of carer services from Comfort Keepers, do contact us for a free consultation.