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Rudd named the Caregiver of Year

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The daughter of a late patient stood at the podium, tears streaming down her face. The blonde woman recalled the bond between her mother and caregiver Beverly Rudd, adding that Rudd helped her cope with her mother’s eminent death. “Beverly read the Bible to my mother, she held her hand. She held my hand. She has become family,” the woman said.

Story after story celebrated Rudd, a certified nursing assistant with Covington Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, as she was honored as the Tennessee Health Care Association’s (THCA) 2013 Caregiver of the Year on Friday, Nov. 22. The award, presented by THCA, recognized Rudd for “exemplifying quality in the provision of 24-hour nursing home care to those who are chronically ill or injured, have health care needs as well as personal needs, and are unable to function independently.”

Rudd, who has worked at Covington Care for 16 years, was celebrated by more than 100 in attendance, including patients, staff, members of THCA, family and local dignitaries Representative Debra Moody and Vice Mayor John Edwards.

Also noted was “The Day Resort,” a program Rudd began as a tool to help those patients with dementia. Rudd decorated an empty room, researched and initiated different tasks to increase mind and body activity. The result has been fewer falls, an increase in weight and less negative behaviors.

“Beverly is known for always putting others first,” said Jesse Samples, THCA’s executive director. “In addition to providing excellent care to residents, Beverly is there for her coworkers and for the community.”

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