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2012 Comfort Keeper of the Year – Sharon Harrison

Published: Jul 1, 2013

Sharon has worked with the same client for three years, a client with Pick’s disease. During this time Sharon has worked several days a week with thisclient who has dementia and is unable to speak. Due to Sharon’s unwavering dedication, the client’s husband has been able to keep her at home, which had been her wish. Sharon treats her client with dignity every day— she is treated as an equal, not as someone with a disease or disability. Sharon talks with her, laughs with her and converses just as if she were an old friend who could fully communicate. As a trusted friend and familiar face, Sharon’s biggest interactive contribution may be in the area of emotional health, both for the client and for her husband.

The client’s husband has kept his wife’s cell phone because occasionally he likes to call her number just to hear the voice greeting she recorded years ago before the disease robbed her of speech. It’s the only recording of her voice he has. He shared this with me, and told me that knowing Sharon is his Comfort Keeper® is a similar comfort to him. He said, “She always shows up, always has a smile on her face, and even on my worst days when I think I can’t take this anymore she pulls me out of the darkness and back into the light. As honorable, as exceptional as Sharon’s dedication to her client may be, she returns home each evening to care for her own mother, who lives with her, and who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

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