Elsy Brizuela is a #HomeCareHero. Read her story.
Home Health Aide Elsy Brizuela has been recognized many times for her compassionate care delivery over her 16 years with Gurwin Home Care Agency.
Elsy played a pivotal role as Gurwin launched its telehealth program in 2020 to reduce hospital ER visits for individuals who were at most risk during the COVID-19 health emergency.
The dementia population was clearly a focus of this effort, and so Elsy was given training on the telehealth devices with the goal of having her work with the dementia population at Gurwin's Assisted Living Community.
Elsy provided undivided attention to each of the residents in the memory care unit, encouraging conversation and laughter with each interaction. By developing a special relationship with the residents, she was able to effectively report subtle changes in their condition. Her ability to recognize these changes was a significant advantage to the clinical teams when providing assistance to residents. It also allowed those teams to address clinical concerns more readily. Most of all, her care enabled the residents to remain home where their routine was consistent and comforting.
During the COVID-19 crisis, she made sure that each resident felt safe and supported as she took their blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and pulse oximetry readings, making a difference in each of their lives.
Elsy embodies the passion of the Gurwin mission. She cares for residents as if they were a member of her own family and she shows profound compassion for people with dementia. She is a #HomeCareHero.