SUNRISE, FL — November 28, 2017
– Interim HealthCare
announced today the winner of the 2017 Therapist of the Year award, Wendy Shockley, SLP. Having been a Speech-Language Pathologist with Interim HealthCare of Greenville, South Carolina since November 2012, Wendy upholds the highest standards of care, compassion and commitment to clinical excellence and improving peoples’ lives.
Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapy Assistants and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants were all eligible to receive the award.
“The Interim Healthcare Therapist of the Year is just one important way we honor the professionals who deliver much-needed therapy solutions and services to millions of Americans every day,” said Larry Kraska, Interim HealthCare CEO and President. “We are thrilled to congratulate Wendy Shockley as our winner this year, whose talents distinguish her as an outstanding therapist, and we are incredibly proud of her accomplishments.”
Wendy’s accomplishments are abundant, having a steadfast approach to putting the patient and family’s goals at the center of her plan of care, approach and treatment. She ensures that all care team members are aware of the outcomes the family and patient desire, so everyone can work seamlessly towards achieving those goals.
According to her supervisor, Caroline McClellan, director of therapy services, although speech therapy has many different concentrations of practice, Wendy is adept at identifying and prioritizing the deficits that a patient may have. Further, one of the most important aspects is if a patient can communicate their wants and needs. This is an area where she says Wendy is particularly creative and successful.
“Wendy recently implemented communication boards with several ALS patients, making countless visits before and after hours because she recognizes the variations of patient ability during different times of the day,” says McClellan. “She sets her schedule to capture the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ moments so she can address all aspects of patient needs.”
Wendy also created a “memory book” with the family of a patient with progressive dementia. She helped the family organize key pictures to help the patient maintain recognition of family members while in the early stages of the disease. “As her supervisor, I have received countless calls from patients and families about how she has changed their lives for the better. I simply could not be prouder of her,” said McClellan.
About Interim HealthCare
Interim HealthCare Inc., founded in 1966, is a leading national franchisor of home care, hospice and healthcare staffing. It is part of Caring Brands International which also includes UK-based Bluebird Care and Australia-based Just Better Care, both well-known franchise brands in their countries. With more than 530 franchise locations in seven countries Caring Brands International is a global health care leader.
Interim HealthCare in the United States is unique in combining the commitment of local ownership with the support of a national organization that develops innovative programs and quality standards that improve the delivery of service. Franchisees employ nurses, therapists, aides, companions and other healthcare professionals who provide 25 million hours of home care service to 190,000 people each year, meeting a variety of home health, senior care, hospice, palliative care, pediatric care and healthcare staffing needs. For more information or to locate an Interim HealthCare office, visit www.interimhealthcare.com
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