According to famous American entrepreneur and Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Senior caregiver Marisol Wilk of New Britain has followed this mantra in her career and has recently been rewarded for her exceptional effort by employer Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS), a family-owned homecare agency in Connecticut. The employee was selected as the company’s Platinum Caregiver Award winner for the month of April. The ALS team surprised Wilk with the prestigious honor at a client’s home on June 1, 2021. In addition to a check for $5,000, the monthly award includes a beautiful crystal statue and a certificate of merit.
“I am overcome with surprise, happiness and gratitude right now,” said Wilk as she was greeted at the door by her client’s son, Glen Russo. “Going to work and loving what I do each day is fulfilling enough, but this award is certainly an amazing gift and gives me inspiration to continue my mission of helping seniors everywhere!”
Besides members of Wilk's own family, the entire founding family of Assisted Living Services, including Ron, Sharon, Mario and Nick D’Aquila, presented her with the ceremonial check.
Lynne Schmidt, Director of Marketing and Hourly Services for ALS, explained that Wilk earned the prestigious accolade for her strong work ethic, excellent client reviews and willingness to perform each task with an enthusiastic smile.
Specific duties that Wilk currently administers to her 86-year-old client Geraldine Russo of Cromwell include observation for safety, engaging activities, preparation of meals, escort to appointments, grocery and personal care shopping, companionship and one of Wilk's favorite responsibilities-taking Russo to church.
We are overjoyed to acknowledge Marisol’s continued dedication to ensuring all of her clients enjoy a clean, safe and loving home environment,” said Mario D’Aquila, MBA and Chief Operating Officer of ALS. “We are always looking to hire homemakers who share the same compassion and commitment.”
D’Aquila notes that ALS created the Platinum Caregiver Award program in 2019 as an employee retention initiative. Homecare Pulse, a third-party survey company that measures customer satisfaction, contacts ALS clients at random to rate the services and quality of care that is being provided. Clients and families can acknowledge caregivers who went “above and beyond” when caring for them or their loved one. The caregiver with the highest quality score earns the prestigious and well-deserved recognition for their outstanding work.
Watch the exciting award presentation at https://youtu.be/QDT13LEDlPo.
Wilk has been a stellar employee of ALS since January 7, 2020.
Since 1996, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) in Cheshire, Clinton and Fairfield has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their unique CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. ALS was ranked on the 2020 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies and recognized by Home Care Pulse® as a “Best of Home Care Leader In Excellence”, a designation given to the best home care providers in the nation. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203.634.8668.
PHOTO CAPTION: The founding family and management team at Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) presents Platinum Caregiver Awardee Marisol Wilk of New Britain with a $5,000 check at a client’s home on June 1, 2021. From left: Nick D’Aquila, Chief Information Officer at ALS, Ron D’Aquila, RN, Co-Founder and CEO at ALS, honoree Marisol Wilk, Lynne Schmidt, Director of Marketing and Hourly Services at ALS, Tina Carbone, Hourly Coordinator at Assisted Living Services, Sharon D’Aquila, Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer at ALS and Mario D’Aquila, Chief Operating Officer at ALS. Photo Credit: Assisted Living Services