Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year

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Harrisburg, Pa. (March 28, 2018) – Verneil “Ric” Williams, a home health aide with Extended Family Care in Pittsburgh (a branch of Star Multi Care), has been named the 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year. Williams was recognized today among nearly 200 of his peers at the second annual Direct Care Worker Forum in Harrisburg, organized by the Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging (PDA).

Home Health Care Coral Springs FL - Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year

Home Health Care Coral Springs FL – Verneil “Ric” Williams of Extended Family Care Named 2018 Pennsylvania Direct Care Worker of the Year

Williams has been an aide with Extended Family Care for nearly 20 years. According to Laura Partridge, Business Development Manager with the agency who nominated him for the award, Williams has provided care to more than 75 diverse Pennsylvanians and has earned the respect of clients, families and co-workers due to his loyalty and commitment to provide compassionate, client-centered, quality care.

“Ric’s willingness to travel, upbeat personality and cheery disposition provide hope, positivity and a sense of calming previously uncommon to the unique consumers he serves,” Partridge said in her nomination of Williams. “Ric is often able to brighten their day with his positivity, demonstration of respect for their diversity and compassion and empathy in knowing that they need his help.

“Ric continues to treat his clients as if they were his own family,” she added. “He is compassionate, reliable, respectful, professional, and humble. He is an advocate for his clients and a role model to his peers.”

Pennsylvania is home to more than 12.8 million residents. Of these, approximately 2.9 million are adults age 60 and older, and more than 300,000 are aged 85 and older. By 2020, the population of older Pennsylvanians is projected to increase by 25%, and the population of Pennsylvanians aged 80 and over is projected to increase by 20,000 individuals. To help ensure that Pennsylvania’s direct care workforce is ready to meet these challenges head-on, Williams has served as a Home Health Aide Mentor to train up-and-coming aides. He has also participated in care conferences, focus groups and in-service discussions to make improvements in the lives of others and the care that is delivered at home. During a previous grant-funded initiative, Williams participated in an initiative that provided a financial incentive to a select group of aides to further their careers in nursing and with their agency.

Williams was selected from a record number of nominees this year – 195. All nominees received a stipend to attend the Forum today, which featured lunch, and educational workshop, and the presentation of the award to Williams by Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. He also received a $1,000 cash prize from PHA’s Foundation for Home Care and Hospice.

“Direct care workers are essential to the delivery of long-term care services and supports in Pennsylvania,” said Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne. “Today provided the Wolf Administration, in partnership with PHA, the opportunity to gather with an amazing group of direct care workers who every day provide critical services and supports that enable the older Pennsylvanians entrusted to their care to live with independence and dignity. While they rarely receive the recognition they deserve, the direct care workers honored today serve as a model for others who choose this profession.”

“Direct care workers are the unsung heroes of home-based care,” said PHA CEO Vicki Hoak. “They provide vital lifelines to the seniors they serve. They act as the eyes and ears of their consumers and can recognize a change in condition and help to prevent avoidable hospitalizations. They deserve the recognition they received today, and so much more.”

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About the author: Liza Erazo, Administrator
Liza Erazo has recently joined the Star Multi Care team as Administrator of the Florida branch. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transferred to Florida in 1996 to continue her healthcare career culminating a 10-year track in the cut-throat, New York Business Development market.She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups. She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.Her family also remains a priority in her life. Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi