Rosalynn Carter Institute Calls for Caregiver of the Year Nominations

Awards Recognize Outstanding Georgians Who Tirelessly Dedicate Themselves to Others

AMERICUS, GEORGIA — The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) is pleased to open nominations for the 2019 Georgia Caregiver of the Year Awards. The Awards recognize the selfless work done by caregivers across the state in three categories: Family Caregiver, Volunteer Caregiver, and Para-Professional Caregiver.

“The people who care for others is often a role that is not recognized. Mrs. Carter started the Institute to ensure that these selfless people have their unique needs addressed and are recognized for their work,” said Dr. Jennifer Olsen, Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving. “What better place to start than here at home in Georgia?”

Caregivers may be nominated by those able to evaluate their performance and demonstrate how they are making a difference in the lives of the care recipients they serve.  

From these nominations, three caregivers will be selected as the top Caregivers of the Year in Georgia.  The three different categories recognize a unique role within the caregiving community. 

The Family Caregiver Award is presented to a family member or non-relative close friend who provides assistance to a person with a disability, chronic illness or other condition requiring support and assistance to have a full life in the community.

The Para-professional Caregiver Award is presented to licensed practical nurses (LPNs), therapy aide, home health aide, certified nursing assistants (CNAs), nurse’s aide/patient care technician, or direct support caregiver such as companions or sitters for their work.

The Volunteer Caregiver Award is presented to a volunteer that has completed at least one year of service caring for an individual or individuals in a capacity that aids and/or improves their life. Additionally, this could also be someone who supports caregivers by volunteering at a caregiving organization or facility.

To be eligible for either of the awards, the nominee must be currently providing care or volunteering or must have provided care or volunteered within the past year. 

Caregivers can be nominated here.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will host a luncheon October 24, 2019, in Americus, GA to honor the three recipients and their nominators.