“Caring Champion” is One of Chicagoland’s Own

I’ve already told you why I think that Cubs fans make great caregivers. It turns out that not only Cubs fans fit the bill – Chicagolanders in general are simply stellar when it comes to caregiving.

Congratulations to Charity Ntim of Homewatch CareGivers in Northbrook for being chosen one of ten “Caring Champions” by Caring.com. She beat out over 80 nominations from across the country and was chosen by a panel of judges who relied not only upon their own expertise – they also considered over 5,000 social media votes and comments submitted from the public about why each caregiver should be chosen.

Courtesy of the National Cancer Institute

Courtesy of the National Cancer Institute

Caring.com – a senior care website providing a wealth of information and support for family caregivers – launched the competition in June to recognize excellence in professional caregiving at home care agencies and senior living communities. I applaud Caring.com for raising awareness of the importance and value of professional caregivers in the lives of older adults and their families.

Read Charity’s story here. She’s a remarkable woman, growing up in a small mining town in West Africa and ultimately finding her calling in the United States as a professional caregiver. While reading about her nomination, I was moved by the stories of elders and their families who requested that Charity be there at the last moments of her clients’ lives to comfort them during their final transition.

All too often, we focus on the problems with quality elder care (admittedly, I am no exception). Caring.com’s “Caring Champions” contest helps us remember that there are incredible people out there who have chosen a career of compassion, empathy, and selflessness and who do an amazing job of fulfilling that vital need in our aging society.

Again, congratulations Charity. You have made us proud all through Chicagoland.

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