Thursday October 24, 2013
Sandy Marchessault, of South Burlington, received a Vermont Health Care Association (VHCA) Outstanding Resident Care Assistant Award at VHCA’s recent annual conference.
Marchessault was nominated for the award because of her commitment to long-term care and her dedication to the many residents she has cared for over the 20 years she has been an employee of The Converse Home, a private, non-profit assisted living community in Burlington.
When Marchessault started as a resident care assistant, there were only 25 residents at the Converse Home and all of them were women. Since then there have been many changes and the community, which now includes men, has expanded to 66 apartments and has a specialized memory care community.
Whether it’s helping a resident shower, ironing a dress for a party, or making up a snack tray, Marchessault approaches everything with a can-do spirit. She will tell you there isn’t a job at The Converse Home that she hasn’t done! She is a great problem solver, team player and a mentor to the younger staff.
Marchessault takes pride in the care she provides residents and they think the world of her. She is attentive to their individual needs and will go to great lengths to make residents comfortable. It is all in her approach which she sums up this way, “I ask myself, ‘How would I want my mom to be cared for?’ ”