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Graciela Pulido Honored as the July Recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award

Charity Gallardo - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Graciela Pulido, resident assistant at Rancho Santa Margarita’s Park Terrace senior living facility, is our July recipient of Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Award.

Family has always been the most important part of Graciela’s life. The Columbian-born mother of two values every minute spent with her loved ones and extends considerable kindness to everyone fortunate enough to be part of her family. However, the Rancho Santa Margarita resident’s family circle goes far beyond her blood relatives and encompasses the many special seniors she cares for at Rancho Santa Margarita’s Park Terrace senior living facility.

As a resident assistant, Graciela cares for a group of 10-15 residents each day, attending to any and all needs that arise from the time they awake in the morning to when they retire at the end of the day. Her job is to help them live their daily lives in the most comfortable and healthy way possible.

While Graciela’s shift ends when the residents’ day is over, her passion for caring is a 24-hour job. “As a caregiver my job is not just to care ‘for’ them, but also to care ‘about’ them,” says Graciela. “They are always on my mind, even when I am not at work.”

This depth of caring is demonstrated every day when she arrives for work with what her colleagues say is a “smile on her face and a bounce in her stride.”

“Graciela shows us that the true essence of caring is not demonstrated through one’s actions alone, but also through their spirit,” says Marla Noel, President of Fairhaven. “She demonstrates the joy and fulfillment that is found in being a caregiver.”

According to Graciela, caring begins with understanding. “It’s about knowing what a person needs by putting yourself in their shoes. Once you understand them, you can truly help them.”

Graciela will be honored at Fairhaven’s Oliver Halsell Care Awards banquet in the fall at Fairhaven’s Mission Viejo location. The banquet honors a year’s worth of achievements among the local community. Additionally, Fairhaven will make a donation to Vida Abundante Church in her honor.

For more information and to nominate a deserving candidate, click here or send us an email.

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