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Posted on: February 6, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Orange County Department on Aging accepting nominations for 2019 Direct Care Worker Awards

2016 Nominees and Winners

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (Feb. 6, 2019)—Orange County Department on Aging and the community group, Senior Health Advocacy and Resource Partners of Orange County (SHARP) will host the fifth annual SHARP Direct Care Worker Awards.

Nominations will be accepted from February 15 – April 15, 2019. A recognition ceremony will be held for award winners on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

This event is in honor of Direct Care Workers (nurse aides, personal care aides, companion caregivers, etc.) who affect their clients’ lives on a daily basis and make a difference in the Orange County community.

“Direct care workers are a vital part of the caregiving team and contribute daily to their client’s wellbeing. Oftentimes the quality patient care that these workers provide is overlooked and underappreciated,” said Janice Tyler, director of Orange County Department on Aging. “This is why the SHARP Direct Care Worker Awards were established, to recognize our unsung community heroes.”

In recognition of the outstanding service provided by direct care workers, the Department on Aging and SHARP will present awards in the following categories: Client Impact, Longevity, Leadership, Going the Extra Mile, and Rising Star. One person will be chosen as the “Direct Care Worker of the Year.”

To be eligible, direct care workers must have served clients in Orange County within the past year. Each person may be nominated in two categories. Nominees must have provided direct care to clients and have at least six consecutive months of service in the past year.

For more information about the awards and to nominate a direct care worker, please complete the online nomination form.

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