Submitted by Right at Home.
Jane Wamathai, a local caregiver with Right at Home of Pierce County, has achieved what her client’s wife calls a miracle. Through working for Right at Home, Jane has made an incredible impact on her client’s life, and because of this, she was recognized by the Health Care Providers Council of Pierce County as an All-Star Caregiver. While over 100 caregivers were nominated, Jane was one of 13 who received the final recognition.
“I wanted to nominate Jane because she has done miracles,” said Carla, the wife of Jane’s client, Jerry. “I have tried for three years to get my husband to do things like go outside and get fresh air, but Jane is magic. She gets him to do anything and everything, and she’s so attentive to him.”
In her nomination, Carla shared that though Jerry is a man of few words, Jane quickly changed that and was later able to “do the impossible.” Though Jerry had an electric wheelchair and a ramp that allowed him to go outside and enjoy his patio, he rarely, if ever, took advantage of it. Jane started by encouraging Jerry to join her on the patio, and eventually, he took advantage of the patio on his own.
Carla further described Jane as “an angel,” compassionate and caring, sharing that Jane has been a tremendous help to the entire family and is reliably receptive when Jerry may feel unwell or have an off day.
“I feel so fortunate that Carla has been kind enough to invite me into her own private space and to trust me in taking care of Jerry,” said Jane. “That means the most to me because it has allowed me to give my best.”
In forging this relationship with Carla and Jerry, Jane has truly exemplified the Right at Home mission. In addition to helping Jerry stay home where he feels most comfortable, Jane focuses on providing the type of care and support that both Carla and Jerry need. Jane is adaptable and flexible and hears Jerry’s unique needs each day. Through this, in addition to a special connection with Carla, Jane works to improve her client’s life each and every day.
“Jane exemplifies our mission here at Right a Home which is to improve the quality of life for those we serve, our clients, their families, the staff, and the community,” said Ben Solomon, owner of Right at Home Pierce County. “Jane cares about our clients and people first, one of our core values. We love Jane and are so happy for her well-deserved recognition.”
“Jane takes care of the client like her own family. She does everything so well,” said Leah Mahakata, Right at Home Pierce County client care coordinator. “When we were looking for someone to nominate, we were looking for someone who is devoted to the job, represents us well, and takes care of the client like their own family, and no one came to mind as Jane did.”
“Jane is the very best caregiver anyone could wish for,” said Carla. “She is exceptional; her knowledge as a person and caregiver is outstanding. Jane has taught me many things I didn’t know about Jerry’s care. We couldn’t do it without her.”
Consistently reliable and truly passionate about her work, Jane’s dedication to her clients and commitment to improving her community through service shines through in everything she does. While she is proud of her award, Jane shared that the recognition is significant because it confirms the impact of the meaningful work she does.
“I’m so excited to have won this award, and I know there are many nominees, and they have all done a great job,” said Jane. “But to me, this means a great deal because it’s a recognition that I am doing something good, and I’m trying to make a difference.”