Crestview mayor: home health care workers offer important service (DOCUMENT)

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Crestview Mayor David Cadle, center, signs a proclamation recognizing November as National Home Care Month. Also pictured are Okaloosa Regional Home Health Services staffers, from left, Paula Horton, Tracie Weekley, Luanne Ellison, Debra Roberts, Sherry Griffith and Felecia Jarriel.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

CRESTVIEW — This month, Hub City residents can reflect on the option to rehabilitate at home rather than at a medical facility. November is National Home Care Month, Mayor David Cadle proclaimed Monday during a brief ceremony at City Hall.

See Mayor David Cadle's Proclamation >>

"I want to congratulate them for the type of work they do for us," Cadle said. "They provide a very important service to not only patients, but (also) their families." Cadle said home health care providers assisted his mother, Patty, before her death in 2005.

Receiving recognition for their services "feels great," Sherry Griffith, Okaloosa Regional Home Health Services' clinical supervisor, said. "It recognizes us as an integral part of the community. We provide services to this community, we live in this community, and some of us were raised in this community."

 Griffith, who worked as a nurse for 30 years, said home health care is rewarding.

"We are in (the patient's) environment," she said. "You know their family, their situation, and you can truly help them maximize their life, where they are."

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.



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