Caregiver Appreciation Day Spotlight: PWHO and Latham Centers
Today is Caregiver Appreciation Day and PWSA | USA is recognizing the home health aides, nursing home attendants, counselors, doulas, respite nurses, and volunteers who choose to offer their time to helping others for their (largely selfless) efforts. The individuals who provide care services to the PWS community are especially worthy of this small annual celebration, considering the personal, high-stakes labor invested by these compassionate professionals.
“Through the years at Prader Willi Homes, I have watched amazing people give endless parts of themselves to be a caregiver to individuals with PWS,” says Marguerite Rupnow, National Director of Admissions and Advocacy at Prader Willi Homes. “In the role of caregiving, we do our jobs because we love the individuals we support, but another big piece is the opportunity to work alongside amazing co-workers. Caregivers are a special breed of people: they provide love, support, encouragement, recognition, praise, feedback, guidance, humor, and most of all, they pour their heart and soul into their work. It is why I salute those thousands of caregivers around the world with a heartfelt appreciation and thankfulness that you are out there doing what you do every day. You are amazing souls.”
Prader-Willi Homes (PWHO) specializes in providing residential services and supports to individuals diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). For more than 40 years, PWHO has been nationally and internationally recognized by the PWS community for excellence in therapeutic treatment and care of individuals diagnosed with PWS. PWHO is one of only a handful of providers in the world with expertise specific to the syndrome.
“Caregiver Appreciation Day is such a meaningful way to recognize the selfless and challenging work that our staff do every day,” said Patrice Carroll, LCSW, Director of PWS Services at Latham Centers. “Latham staff members work tirelessly to provide a second home to over 100 children and adults with PWS, and they do it with love, humor, and skill. The work that we do is challenging but endlessly rewarding. Seeing children and adults with PWS achieve their goals and live full, happy lives brings great joy to me and the staff working with them. Caregiver Appreciation Day is a wonderful way to highlight the amazing people who work to bring out the best in people living with PWS.”
Latham Centers is a leader in special education and residential programs for children and adults with disabilities. Based in Brewster (Cape Cod), Massachusetts, Latham is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and internationally renowned for its expertise and success in working with individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome. The non-profit organization’s mission is to create opportunities for independence, self-worth, and happiness for children and adults with complex special needs.