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Samaritan Home Health Aide Recognized in National Publication
Created by hospice on 7/31/2012 11:01:52 AM

Local Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA) and Cherry Hill resident Deborah Giacoboni’s excellent client care was featured in a recent issue of Home Health Aide Digest, the first and only publication devoted solely to these important health care workers. Giacoboni provides personal care for the hospice and palliative patients served by Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice.


Each day, thousands of home health and hospice aides across the nation provide personal care to ill or disabled clients in the place they most want to be – home.


“Deborah belongs to this important group of paraprofessionals who provide up to 90% of patient care in the home setting,” says Home Health Aide Digest’s publisher Nathan Unseth. “They are the backbone of the home care industry.” Unseth continues, “And to help recognize the vital contribution these workers are making to the health care industry, each issue of the publication profiles a home health or hospice aide who best represents the profession.”


Giacoboni was nominated by Lyn Sheely of Sewell, Samaritan’s Manager of CHHAs and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) because she meets the criteria established by other home health and hospice aides nationwide. Deborah has given outstanding care for those served by Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice for 12 years.


According to Sheely, “Deborah is all about giving pedal-to-the-metal effort when caring for hospice patients. But her enthusiasm spills over into efforts that touch even more lives – especially military veterans.”


Five years ago, Deborah and her husband John decided to combine her love for hospice, his love for classic cars and their shared love for military veterans. The result was the Cherry Hill Veterans’ Car, Truck and Bike Show which honors living and deceased local veterans raises funds for Samaritan’s Veterans’ Hospice Services, just one program within the organization’s wide continuum of care. This year’s show, held on June 23 at Cherry Hill West High School, raised $8,125 for Samaritan and the five-year total raised is $31,945.


Unseth says Giacoboni was selected for the “Spirit Profile” because of the special spirit, skill, style, commitment and compassion she brings to her work.


“I am very happy where I am and what I am doing now,” Deborah explains. “We work as a team at Samaritan. We give great care to our patients. It’s all about compassion and communication.”


Unseth says Giacoboni will be a candidate for Home Health Aide Digest’s annual “Home Health Aide of the Year” Award. The winner of this award will be announced near the end of the year and will receive a cash award donated by the Digest’s sponsors – to use for career advancement through training or whatever other means the aide should choose.


“An independent panel of judges will select the winning aide from the six individuals who have been honored throughout the year in the ‘Spirit Profile’ column,” says Unseth.


Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice has provided home health aide services through its hospice program since 1980 and offers excellent employment opportunities for home health aides dedicated to providing the best possible care. In 2011, Samaritan’s certified home health aides provided 72,916 visits to 2523 hospice patients throughout the organization’s 2200-mile service area including Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer counties.