Carewell, the leading e-commerce resource for caregivers, rewards a winner with $5,000 Cash Prize and recognizes 20 other caregiving heroes
NEW YORK, February 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Farewellthe leading e-commerce resource for family caregivers, today announced the winner of its 2022 Caregiver of the Year Awards. The award celebrates the commitments and sacrifices unpaid caregivers make by providing a recognition and a $5,000 cash prize to an outstanding carer.
Carewell received 1,141 submissions that detailed true stories and experiences of family caregivers across the United States. Among these submissions, a winner was chosen as the Caregiver of the Year 2022 by Carewell. Each submission was reviewed by the Carewell team and the following six Carewell Ambassadors who assisted in the decision-making process: Dr. Macie SmithElizabeth from Happy Healthy Caregiver, Michelle from Caregiving Advice, Kris from LifeWithGrams, Erica from BadassCaregiver and Adria Thompson of Be Light Care.
“Our mission has always been to support unpaid carers with their day-to-day needs and to offer help however we can through our 24/7 customer helpline,” says Bianca Padille, co-founder and CEO of Carewell. “Today we are delighted to award the winner of our 2n/a annual prizes with the financial support of five thousand dollars and recognition as Caregiver of the Year to celebrate those who go above and beyond to provide for their loved ones.”
Carewell’s 2022 Caregiver of the Year is Mary Ann Gerth from Indianapolis, Indiana. MaryAnn has been a caregiver for most of her life and identifies herself and her purpose as being synonymous with providing care.
MaryAnn is caring for her 96-year-old mother and has also cared for her brother, Bobby, who has Down Syndrome. MaryAnn began providing full-time care in 2008 when her mother was diagnosed with osteoporosis and suffered a setback after knee replacement surgery. At the time, her mother was her brother’s primary caretaker. MaryAnn and her husband therefore built a master suite on their house to accommodate both her mother and her brother. MaryAnn felt it was her responsibility to keep her mother and brother together as they have a special bond.
MaryAnn’s brother was diagnosed with dementia in 2020 and in early 2021 was hospitalized for both treatment for wounds and aspiration pneumonia, leading to a rapid deterioration in his overall health. In 2021, MaryAnn spent a total of 27 days in hospital with her brother. During the same period, MaryAnn was also trying to deal with her mother’s knee issues. After wearing a prescribed brace for 3 months, her mother’s knee did not heal properly. MaryAnn became responsible for lifting her mother and brother from their wheelchairs for various needs ranging from 10 to 14 times a day each. She even sat between them during meals in order to feed them both simultaneously. On Thanksgiving Day, Bobby died at home after being in the hospice for only 9 days.
Speaking of her journey as a caregiver, MaryAnn said, “Each day contains unexpected frustrations, but unexpected pleasures in knowing that I am making a difference in the care of loved ones. Having family at home, I think , impacts their quality of life and helps ensure they receive the appropriate level of care and support.There is also the personal affirmation I feel when I help someone who has helped because my mother nurtured and instilled values in me as her daughter and I pass those values and behaviors down to my three sons.I believe (if one is able) that caring for the people in our lives is the right thing to do.
In addition to the winner, Carewell recognizes 20 caregiver heroes and will share their stories on social media on National Caregiver Day, February 18 with the hashtag #CCOY2022.
Carewell is the leading full-service resource for family caregivers. With over 50M unpaid caregivers in the United States alone, Carewell is well positioned to serve a large market in need. Our female-led family business provides the highest quality home health products, personalized service by phone or email, a streamlined shopping experience and expert content. With $30 million in venture capital and rapid growth in 2020, Carewell’s mission is to continue to improve the health and happiness of caregivers and their loved ones. Recent Recognition: #74 Le 2021 Inc. List 5000; Modern Retail “Best Customer Service Experience”; #8 Fast Company “Most Innovative Companies in Retail” 2021.
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