Caregiver's dedication recognized with award

Linda Burgess displays the outstanding caregiver award she received from the Ohio Assisted Living Association this year.

Linda Burgess has always had a passion to care for others, and she has spent her life doing just that. She served as an Army medic in Saudi Arabia for two years, cared for her elderly parents and has worked as a home health aide, long-term caregiver and assisted-living nurse.

Since joining the staff at the Gardens at Westlake, Linda has become the most highly-respected caregiver at the senior living facility and has worked her way up from a night-shift caregiver to the adult enrichment coordinator in the new Memory Care Program. Launched in April, the program serves Gardens residents with mild cognitive impairment, and the supervisory position required Linda to complete five months of extensive training. In early November, Linda received her well-earned dementia practitioner certification. The residents under her care have shown improvement in socialization, verbalization, cognition and appetite.

Linda’s most recent honor was an award from the Ohio Assisted Living Association for outstanding caregiver.

"Linda is deserving of this prestigious award for proving what one can achieve with humble beginnings and the remarkable passion to give of oneself to better the lives of others," said Barb Bartlome, community relations director at the Gardens at Westlake.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:21 AM, 11.13.2012