June 25, 2009
In this week's Jennifer's Heroes, a woman takes her job of helping seniors to the next level. Angel Howard is being recognized for her hard work just six months into her new job.
Howard is a certifying nursing assistant at Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet, and the people whose lives she touches say Angel Howard really is an "angel."
It's the song and the smiles Angel Howard emits everyday that residents at Mountainside Senior Living appreciate so much.
"We are touched by her," says Patricia Young, a Mountainside Resident. "She's just wonderful. She's very knowledgeable and giving. A wonderful person."
"There's not a moment she's not smiling at the residents--bringing love into their lives and going the extra mile for them," says June King, a Mountainside administrator.
Howard's hard work of caring for the residents' needs doesn't go unnoticed at Mountainside, which is why staff nominated her for a Nursing Assistant of the Year award.
"It was unbelievable," says Angel Howard. "Words couldn't explain how I felt inside."
Coworkers say Howard has a positive influence on the staff too.
"If I'm having a bad day she makes my day better, with a big smile on her face, she says okay what do we do next. It's that smile and love she gives to the residents that really makes a difference in their lives," says Washington.
Howard's experience of caring for others began years ago when she looked after her sick mother when she was only 12 years old. .
Howard plans to become a registered nurse.
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