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Jacks Valley resident receives national award

by Caryn Haller

Special to The R-C

At age 72, Jacks Valley resident Carolyn Kilpatrick came out of retirement to help other seniors remain in their homes.

The former office administrator started working at No Place Like Home Senior Care in February as a senior home caregiver.

“I was retired and wanted something I could do I would enjoy,” Kilpatrick said. “You don’t need experience to do this, you just have to want to help seniors. It’s very rewarding. I absolutely love it.”

One of Kilpatrick’s two clients, “Jim,” is an elderly man who lives in a memory care unit of a Gardnerville nursing home.

Thinking he would enjoy some time outdoors, Kilpatrick takes him fishing regularly.

“These fishing trips are the highlight of his days,” said a company newsletter. “They fish together, both wearing their fishing hat, and when he hauls in his catch, Carolyn is right there to snap a picture of him proudly holding his fish.”

Kilpatrick’s commitment to her clients is why General Manager Sharon Ragsdale and company CEO Rick Ackerson nominated her for the national Caregiver of the Season award.

On June 4, Kilpatrick was notified by The Senior’s Choice that she had won the award.

“Your exemplary service is a beacon to all who seek to improve senior care. I welcome you to this distinguished company of caregivers who are setting the standard for companion care in the 21st century,” said Steve Everhart, Senior’s Choice president. “As Caregiver of the Season you belong to a select group of caregivers who have chosen a generous and worthwhile vocation.”

This was the first time a No Place Like Home Senior Care employee had received the title.

“We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful caregiver as Carolyn, and we are so honored to be part of the care team for Jim,” Ragsdale said.

Along with the title, Kilpatrick received a $50 gift card.