Angie Hachmeister was picking strawberries in her garden on her day off when she received a call that validated her nearly 30-year career in healthcare.
Brookside Village Administrator Wendy Broughton broke the good news that Angie was being honored as CNA of the Year in the prestigious IHCA/INCAL Senior Living Awards.
The call came as a shock to Angie. Being the humble woman she is, she responded, “Well, what can I say? I just do my job and take care of my people.”
Angie started working at Brookside Village two years ago, and the residents now feel like family to her. In fact, she has a family history with the community. During her adolescence, she frequently visited her great grandmother at Brookside Village. She recalls being impressed with the community back then as well.
“Everyone treats the residents here with respect and dignity,” she said. “I remember my great grandmother receiving such compassionate care, and that’s what I try to deliver as well.”
Angie became a CNA back in 1990 and has a wealth of experience in senior living and home care. At Brookside Village, she helps residents’ lives run more smoothly by assisting them with such daily tasks as getting dressed, taking their medication, keeping their rooms clean, etc.
Angie is a bit bashful when it comes to recognition of her work, so she has had to overcome some social anxiety now that her “phone has been blowing up” after the announcement of her award. As her colleagues say, she deserves the spotlight on her.
“Angie’s commitment to the residents is an inspiration,” said Broughton. “She excels at delivering the compassionate, family-like care we pride ourselves on at Brookside Village.”
Although she is definitely worthy of praise and accolades, Angie doesn’t need this award to keep her coming back to work. She just needs the residents she cares for so deeply.