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Susan Scott, LPN, has been named a Regional Caregiver of the Year by Maxim Healthcare Service. Maxim is a provider of home healthcare, behavioral care, healthcare staffing, personal caregiving, and population health and wellness solutions. The Fredericksburg resident is being recognized for the dedicated care she provides to Richard Cole, a veteran with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurological disease that has no cure. Scott works out of Maxim’s Woodbridge office.
Originally from Massachusetts, Scott knows firsthand the daily hardships of ALS. Her husband passed away in 2014 just nine short months after being diagnosed with the disease. Scott soon relocated to Virginia, where she applied for a job with Maxim’s Woodbridge office. She was quickly matched with Cole and, after overcoming her own trepidation, she accepted the case and fell into sync with her patient.
Looking back, Scott says, “It was all part of our universe’s grand plan for me and for him. He tells me how much he appreciates me, my compassion, my empathy and my friendship. I tell him there’s a reason he came into my life when he did: Rick saved me.”
Although the two often talk about end-of-life decisions, Scott and Cole also reminisce on happier times, such as his days serving as a U.S. Navy corpsman, growing up in Somalia as the child of a diplomat, and his family.
Using a Tobii eye tracker to communicate, Cole says, “Sue has become an important part of my team and I am lucky to have her as my nurse. I feel safe with her and trust her implicitly. She has made the quality of my and my family’s life much better and for that I am truly grateful for her.”
A panel of judges selected Scott and three other regional winners to be recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by Maxim Healthcare Services in Orlando last month. Scott’s commitment to quality patient care was highlighted in a tribute video debuted at the ceremony.
Now in its seventh year, the Caregiver of the Year Award program celebrates nurses and home healthcare aides for the key roles they play in delivering quality, patient-centered care to some of the nation’s most medically fragile and chronically ill patients.