Remarkable Family Caregivers to Receive 2014 Heart of Home Care Award

By John Bauslaugh on June 05, 2014

Remarkable Family Caregivers to Receive 2014 Heart of Home Care Award

VHA Home HealthCare will present the ninth annual Heart of Home Care Awards to four inspirational caregivers. The award recognizes the remarkable efforts of a friend or family member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide a loved one who has a disability, chronic or terminal illness, with the support needed to live at home with more independence.

What:   Award presentation and photo opportunity                            
Who:    Award Recipients                                                    
        Vicky Willis and her husband Jeff had just settled in to their      
        waterside dream home when, at age 47, Jeff was diagnosed with       
        dementia. Despite the shock and Jeff's rapid decline, Vicky remains 
        committed to Jeff's care, educating the public about dementia and   
        staying positive.                                                   
        After a terrible car accident left her university-aged son in a     
        coma, Joyce Nunn faced two choices: give up or fight for her son's  
        recovery. She chose the latter. While doctors said Michael-who      
        suffered a brain injury-would never walk again, Joyce never gave up 
        After Pamela Andrews gave birth to Aiden, he wasn't breathing.      
        Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, severe brain damage and seizures, the
        doctors advised her that Aiden wouldn't live long once he was       
        removed from life support. With Pamela's unyielding care and belief 
        in her son, Aiden's progress, though slow, continues moving in a    
        positive direction.                                                 
        Kazumi Alsemgeest's 10-year-old son Rey and four-year-old daughter  
        Mei both have Batten Disease, a fatal, degenerative disorder of the 
        nervous system. Despite her heartbreak, Kazumi remains Rey's and    
        Mei's rock, doing whatever she needs to care for them and savouring 
        every moment she has left with her children.                        
        Guest Speaker                                                       
        Dr. Alex Mihailidis serves as the Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair
        in Rehabilitation Technology at the University of Toronto, and co-  
        editor of Pervasive Computing in Healthcare and Technology and      
        Aging. He'll share how technology can be used to improve the lives  
        of people with dementia.                                            
        This event is possible thanks to sponsors Teak Printing Services,   
        PACE Consulting, Flash Frame and Standard Life.                     
When:   Monday, June 9, 2014                                                
        Guest Speaker - Dr. Alex Mihailidis: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.               
        Award Presentation & Reception: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.                    
Where:  VHA Home HealthCare                                                 
        30 Soudan Ave., Training Room, Ground Floor                         
        Toronto, Ontario


For more information or to schedule interviews with award recipients, please contact Pam Stoikopoulos or Sam Dunsiger.


Pam Stoikopoulos
VHA Home HealthCare
Communications Manager
416-489-2500 ext. 4344


Sam Dunsiger
VHA Home HealthCare
Interim Communications Specialist
416-489-2500 ext. 4336

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By John Bauslaugh| June 05, 2014
Categories:  Care Giving

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John Bauslaugh

John Bauslaugh

John has been reporting on home health care and independent living for over ten years. In addition to extensive research, John writes on important issues from personal experience.

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