Colonial Home Care Services is proud to announce that the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) is recognizing our very own Arsenia Rulloda as a nominee for the 2021 Caregiver of the Year Award. This national program recognizes the top caregivers across the country who provide care and services at home.

Catherina Bertaina, President of Colonial Home Care Services had this to say about Arsenia, “She is the epitome of a devoted, skillful and competent caregiver. She has been bringing respect, friendship and love to the seniors of our community since 2004. In addition to taking care of the physical needs of her clients, Arsenia nurtures their mental state by planting “cuttings” from her own garden in their yards. Her clients and their families love to watch the growth and development of the vegetables which Arsenia later prepares with their meals. It is a simple task, but it creates expectation and excitement in the ones she cares for on a daily basis.

Arsenia has devoted her life to light up not just the room with her smile, but the whole house. Her efforts allowed one client to come downstairs for the day and enjoy her company. He had not made the journey for a very long time, but Arsenia instilled a sense of confidence in him. He passed away peacefully a few days later and his wife called to praise Arsenia for giving him the best day he had in many months. She was born to care for others!”

“Caregiving is not an easy job, it requires compassion, patience, and dedication,” said HCAOA Executive Director Vicki Hoak. “Being a caregiver during the COVID pandemic has proven to be even more challenging. However, all of the nominees for this caregiver award demonstrate their commitment to their clients and to keeping them safe at home every day, often going above and beyond with a song, a surprise outing, or a client’s favorite meal to ensure they are cared for.”

All nominees will be recognized by HCAOA throughout October in the association’s publications and website. The top caregiver will be announced in November to kick off National Home Care Recognition Month, and will receive a cash award of $1,000. Congratulations to all of the 2021 Caregiver of the Year Award nominees, and THANK YOU to the best of the best – our caregivers here at Colonial Home Care Services.