Serving Extra Special People

Home Health’s Pamela West plans adventures for her resident

Oprah Winfrey once said, “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Even though our residents have chosen to live in a senior retirement community, they still have some amazing dreams.

These may include traveling to see the world or learning about new technology or serving as a volunteer or even fulfilling their hobbies. Oprah’s quote truly is inspirational.

A majority of our residents enjoy a carefree, independent lifestyle. It is our goal to help them maintain their independence for as long as possible. Our credo even states that “we pledge to provide excellent service in a compassionate and caring manner so that our residents may have the highest quality of life.”

For residents who may need extra care in their independent home, one option is the John Knox Home Health Agency (HHA), which offers if required aide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Some of the assistance includes personal care, shopping, light housekeeping, escorting seniors to doctor appointments and other outings. Also available is the HHA State licensed registered nurse case managers who help with weekly medication management, daily if necessary.

These services are available not only to our residents but seniors and their families throughout Broward County. For more information, contact (954) 783-4009.

Since she came on board as a Private Duty Aide in early November of 2013, Pamela West has developed a tremendous relationship with her resident Rosemary Shavloske.

Rosemary, as well as her son, Patrick Shavloske, have come to appreciate Pamela, not only for her excellent care, but her creative, fun personality.

“I am extremely blessed to have Pamela taking care of mom at John Knox Village,” said Patrick, who is the Director of Development and Legal Counsel at the historical Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale. “She does a very good job keeping me connected with mom. She has a real youthful vitality that has been great, and more importantly, she desires to keep mom active.”

When Pamela began working with Rosemary, she took mental notes of the things Ms. Shavloske enjoyed. This turned into trips to the local parks, then her favorite restaurants, then to the malls, to the beach and finally bigger adventures.

 

In early April, with permission from our Home Health Agency and Patrick, Pamela and Rosemary boarded the Tri-Rail for a trip from Pompano Beach up to West Palm Beach and back.

“My dad was crazy about trains, and I thought about him and how much he loved working on the railroads while on our trip,” Rosemary said.

“This makes me feel great knowing I am fulfilling Rosemary’s dreams,” said Pamela, who each day strives to find different activities for Rosemary to enjoy. “I hope it inspires other employees to make their residents’ dreams come true.”

The adventures will not end with a train ride. Pamela is seeking a date and approval to take Rosemary on a boat ride, and hoping to plan a group trip to the local attraction Lion Country Safari.

Pamela is one of 650+ employees who are “Extra Special People, Serving Extra Special People” at John Knox Village.