When Lora Palmer began working at Leisureworld Etobicoke, an assisted living facility in Canada, she was the environmental service manager, according to InsideToronto.com.
However, the late director of administration Mary Reid inspired her to do more with her abilities. Four years later, Palmer took over as the director of the facility and stared trying to inspire other people as well.
She has also implemented unique ideas at Leisureworld and helped other assisted living facilities do the same, leaving both residents and caregivers can reach their full potential.
Palmer recently received Leisureworld's 2010 Award for Excellence in recognition of her service.
"My commitment is to the elderly, and with all the processes that we have to abide to," she said in a statement.
"At the end of the day, it is making sure that our residents' needs are met."
It is important to acknowledge the selfless efforts of both formal and informal caregivers. In Zanesville, Ohio, a recent luncheon honored those who had dedicated themselves to caring for others, such as 90-year-old Anne Mechling, The Zanesville Times Recorder reports.
Mechling has helped with Alzheimer's care for her husband, Paul, at Primrose Retirement Community for nearly two years, assisting other caregivers in the process.