PSW’s ‘big heart,’ ‘caring’ nature and ‘relentless’ commitment to residents, earns her Everyday Hero Award

Pictured above, Forest Hill PSW Maria Moskito holds her Everyday Hero Award in front of a cake dedicated in her honour at a recent ceremony.

Forest Hill’s Maria Moskito brings OMNI’s mission, vision and values to the home each day, co-workers say

Having a “big heart,” being “caring” and “relentless” – these are some of the words Maria Moskito’s colleagues use to describe the Forest Hill personal support worker (PSW).

Maria has been a PSW at the Ottawa-area long-term care home for 16 years, where she works primarily with residents living with dementia. Her strong worth ethic and dedication to residents caught the attention of her co-workers, who nominated Maria for Forest Hill’s 2017 Everyday Hero Award.

“Maria faces each day with a smile; her quiet and genuinely kind nature can be felt by all in her day-to-day practice here at Forest Hill,” her colleagues say in their nomination.

“Maria consistently displays OMNI’s mission, vision and values when providing care to residents and supporting family members and her peers.”

One of Maria’s many strengths is the way she treats everyone with respect and dignity. Her co-workers remark on how Maria always takes time to get to know each resident and their family personally and always provides individualized, person-centred care for every resident.

“Residents feel safe, secure and well cared for when Maria is on the job,” her colleagues say. “She serves as a role model for her peers and inspires staff to be the best they can be, setting a positive example for all.”

The Everyday Hero Award is given out annually by each of OMNI Health Care’s 18 long-term care homes to recognize staff members who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to residents and co-workers.

OMNI announced this year’s recipients of the Everyday Hero, Inspired Leadership and Elisabeth Hinton Memorial awards at the Quality Forum in Calabogie, Ont. in May. Managers from OMNI’s long-term care homes were presented with the names of the award winners. Homes are presenting the awards during their own ceremonies.

Office manager Kelly Desjardins is the recipient of Forest Hill’s 2017 Inspired Leadership Award. The OMNIway will be featuring a story about Kelly in the coming days.

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