Perreault receives excellence award

FORT KENT, Maine — Amy Perreault, a certified nursing assistant and medication technician at Forest Hill Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, has been selected to receive a 2017 Excellence in Long-Term Care Award.

Mary Ann Desjardins, director of nursing at Forest Hill, said, “Amy is a strong advocate for the residents and she is not afraid to stand up to for the welfare of residents. She is truly devoted and shows compassion not only for residents but for family members as well.”

Desjardins said Perreault coordinated a fundraiser this summer to purchase two swings for residents to enjoy the outdoors.

Perreault has been a CNA for 26 years and a medication technician for 12 years. She has been employed by Forest Hill, a department of Northern Maine Medical Center, for eight years. She has also worked in home care nursing and assisted living, but has been back in the long-term-care setting for three years.

“I do it because I love the residents and I feel that I become part of an extended family,” she said.

She learned of the award Aug. 11 and said she felt honored.

The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program sponsors the annual award to recognize long-term care workers in Maine, as well as the subsequent event to honor direct care workers.

Brenda Gallant, RN, executive director for the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, wrote in her notification letter, “Amy was nominated because she exemplifies an extraordinary level of care giving, attention to consumer rights and leadership among peers.  She is an inspiration and we are pleased to honor her for the special contributions she has made through her work in providing direct care.”

The Ombudsman Program works to advocate for consumers and change laws, regulations and policies that affect users of long-term care services.

Each year for the past 15 years, an independent panel has selected the award recipients from submitted nominations across the state. Criteria include: employment by the current facility or agency for at least one year, demonstrating an extraordinary level of resident care and attention to resident rights, being acknowledged as a leader among peers in promoting a positive care environment, and exhibiting a work ethic that promotes resident quality of life and care.

An awards ceremony will be held on Sept. 5 at the Blaine House in Augusta. Maine’s First Lady, Ann LePage, will attend to help honor recipients.

Perreault resides in Fort Kent with her husband; in her leisure time she enjoys flower gardening, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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