NORTH TROY — Diane Mansfield of North Troy was recently acknowledged with the “Caregiver Excellence Award.”
Terry Collins, the director and general manager of the Northeast Kingdom Homecare, presented Mansfield with the award.
Mansfield has worked as a caregiver since 1995 and has been employed by NEKHC since 2015.
NEKHC says she has taken the initiative to help her client by learning how to work with individuals who are visually impaired.
She works closely with the Association of the Blind to better help her clients gain confidence and independence.
Mansfield has completed both online courses, the Caregiver and the Alzheimer’s/Memory courses from the Institute for Professional Care Education, as well as two sets of classes on sign language.
She has also has gone on to receive her LNA Certificate.
Caregivers enable our elders to age in place in their homes, providing safety and comfort.
They provide peace of mind for family members who can’t always be there to care for elderly parents and grandparents, as well as critically important respite to those who have assumed the work of caring for older family members.
Vermont is the second oldest state in the nation and is expected to overtake Maine as the oldest by 2032.
Caregivers fill an increasingly important role in Vermont’s communities.