Service Award Winners

For those new to A-Abiding Care, we have a Service Award tradition which began 28 years ago, in 1989. Each year, we honor our team members who are celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20 and this year for the second time, 25 years. We wanted to share with you those we honored during a luncheon on a Saturday afternoon.

Mary M. (25 Years)
• “A role model for the best that home care can be”
• “Mary is a pleasure to work with”
• “Mary always goes above and beyond”

Mope Q. (10 Years)
• “Mope has genuine warmth, a lovely personality and an abundance of professionalism. ”
• “Mope is one of the caregivers that makes my Dad laugh and truly listens to him and his needs”

Georgia K. (10 Years)
• “Georgia is terrific! She is friendly, confident and efficient in caring for my needs”
• “Georgia takes great pride in the care she provides to her clients.”

Mitchelle C. (5 Years)
• “Makes a positive impact on the client’s quality of life”
• “Her greatest strength is her kindness and soft demeanor… her gentle approach creates a soothing influence on her client.”

Nale M. 5 Years
• “Nale is a true professional and has impeccable work ethics”
• “Nale provides a calming influence in the client’s home.”

Jenifer M. (5 Years)
• “Endlessly calm and compassionate, focused and dependable”
• “Jenifer’s strengths are her professional demeanor, solid work ethic and consistency as a caregiver”

Krystyna N. (5 Years)
• “Highly professional but very compassionate and down to earth…Intelligent and caring…my mom adores her
• “You will know that your loved one is in great hands when Krystyna is taking care
of them…kind heart and gentle

Bernadette K. HR Valerie K. Trustee

1st row Mope Georgia, 2nd Nale, Mary, Krystyna
Michael and Nale
Michael and Mope
Jenifer M.
Michael and Mary M.
Michael & Krystyna
Mary Receiving 25 yr award
Mitchelle. C
Michael & Georgia

Keeping our Founders Legacy Alive

The sun was out yesterday and so was a star! We welcomed Hazel Grape to our office. Hazel was the recipient of the Joyce V Kernan Memorial Scholarship. Sponsored by the Kernan family through Oakton Community College. The world needs bright lights. We are so pleased Hazel has chosen to brighten the lives of others through her pursuit of a career in healthcare. Go Hazel!

We Know The Words

What do you do when the client sings the same song over and over every day? You learn the words of course! Everytime I hear this song I think of a certain A-Abiding Care client and A-Abiding caregiver. When I asked her how many times she sang this song she replied, “About a thousand, and I’ll sign it a thousand more.”

What Does Your Elderly Loved One Need in a Scooter?

Home Care in Park Ridge IL

Home Care in Park Ridge ILOnce you determine that a scooter is the right option for your loved one, it’s important to look at the various features that you can get with the scooter.

A Comfortable Seat that Swivels and Convertible Armrests

Your loved one needs to be comfortable in her scooter, but she also needs to be able to maneuver safely and easily. So in addition to a comfortable seat that fits her properly, your loved one’s scooter also needs to have armrests that are supportive but that can also fold up to get them out of her way. Another plus is for the seat to swivel so your loved one can get into and out of it easily.

A Stable Base with Four Wheels

You can find quite a few different types of scooters out there, but the most stable ones are those that have a base with four wheels, one at each corner. This is especially important if your elderly loved one has balance issues since the four wheels can help keep the scooter stable while she stands or sits down.

Lights and Reflective Tape or Decals

If your loved one ever uses her scooter at night or in occasions where the lighting is low, it’s a good idea to make sure that your loved one’s scooter has lights on the front and the back. You can add these with aftermarket kits, but it’s much easier if you choose one that has that feature already installed. Also, reflective tape or decals along the rest of the scooter make it much easier to spot.

Controls that Are Easy to Use

A scooter that is difficult for your loved one to operate is likely going to be one that she avoids using, which defeats the purpose. Look for one that has simple controls that your loved one finds easy to operate on her own.

Mirrors, Storage, and Other Accessories

There are several other features that might seem frivolous at first, but they’re actually safety devices. Mirrors allow your loved one to see all sides of her as she’s operating the scooter. Storage sections give your loved one space to keep multiple items so that she doesn’t have to hold onto them, allowing her to concentrate on operating the scooter.

Keep the manual and other information about operating and troubleshooting the scooter handy so that other family members and elderly care providers can easily grab it if it’s needed.

If you or an aging loved-on are considering home care in Park Ridge IL, please call the caring staff at A-Abiding Care today. Serving North and Northwest Chicago and the surrounding area for over 30 years. Call 847-698-1400.

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