8-21-05 HomeCall home health aide receives
Gail Ramirez, HHA, was recognized as
the 2005 Outstanding Home Health Care Aide for the state of Oklahoma by the
Oklahoma Association for Home Care (OAHC).
Gail was nominated by the management
of HomeCall of Stillwater, Inc. The nomination was based on her
professional skills and outstanding performance in caring for her clients.
Gail has worked as a home health aide at HomeCall for 15 years and is
consistently praised by the clients for whom she provides care.
"Gail is most observant and has the
ability to see what needs to be done and does it" says Cathy Johnson, LPN,
Gail's supervisor. "She honors the clients' preferences and is very much 'in
tune' with family dynamics, sensing how individuals need to be handled in
order for the client to receive the best possible care."
"She can work in 'fine' homes or in
the humblest of abodes with equal attention to detail. Her warm smile and
wonderful sense of humor is contagious and makes her the kind of person that
people just love to have around. She is 'laid back' and emotes an attitude
that says 'I have all the time you need' when she is with her client while
efficiently caring for numerous clients each day."
Kay Stewart, Administrator of HomeCall, describes Gail as being "always ready and willing to help train
new aides and does so frequently. She talks to them 'straight' and lets them
know what the agency expects and then demonstrates that standard through her
behavior. She attends staff meetings and inservice education and always has
something to say regarding issues of importance. She is willing to help out
whenever and wherever she is needed and yet does not get into co-dependent
relationships with her clients. She is professional and knows how to
maintain that professional distance while being very caring - the kind of
aide that one would love to clone."
Written nominations were made by
numerous home care agencies across the state. Based on the written
nominations, the OAHC Awards Committee invited the top five aides to
Oklahoma City to be interviewed. The committee judged the candidates on work
ethic, knowledge, expertise, interpersonal skills, commitment to
client/patient care, ability to communicate, and overall attitude. Gail was
then chosen to be the outstanding Home Care Aide for 2005.
Gail Ramirez lives with her husband,
Leo and son, Gary in Langston and is the daughter of Leon and Queen Vick of