Enriching Lives As We Age

5th Annual Roos-Kates Awards at Rosener House

On February 15th, 2017, the Fifth Annual Roos-Kates Awards were held at Rosener House.  Recipients of this year’s awards were Monika Mataele, Personal Care Assistant, and Rachelle Martin, Activity Leader.  Awardees are selected by their peers, and are given recognition and a monetary reward.

Years ago, Mrs. Patricia Kates established the awards to be given to two professionals who work directly with individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.  Mrs. Kates recognized that people with Alzheimer’s disease were often misunderstood and not treated properly. She wanted to reward and encourage special efforts to those who provide their care in health organizations. Towards this end, she established an endowment with an annual “Caring Care Awards” to be presented to great caregivers.  Attendees at the Awards events included members of the Kates family, Mrs. Gene Kates and Mrs. Deborah Streiber, Mrs. Streiber’s granddaughter Siena Streiber, members of Peninsula Volunteers, the Rosener House Committee, staff members of Rosener House and other PVI programs, and other friends and guests of the honorees.  Linda Drew, a Peninsula Volunteer who helped to organize the event, said, “I have been a P.V. for 18 years and this is still one of the most meaningful events I attend.”

This year we are proud to honor our awardees:

  • Monika Mataele has worked at Rosener House as Personal Care Assistant at Rosener House for more than a year.  Monika previously worked as a caregiver for more than 12 years and took care of her own grandparents.  Her gentleness and compassion enable Monika to help all participants with their needs.   Monika learns about each person so she can help them in the best way possible.  The care that Monika provides is such an important part of making sure each participant has a good day at Rosener House.   Additionally, Monika is creative in arts and crafts and is willing to help with any activity or event.  We are pleased to present Monika with the 2017 Arthur J. Kates Award for Patient Caring Care.
  • Rachelle Martin has been an Activity Leader at Rosener House for 1 ½ years.  Before coming to work for us, Rachelle has worked as the Music Director at Lakeside Church in Folsom.  Rachelle graduated with an AA degree in History of Creative Art and Art News Media.  Rachelle has a great musical talent. She has been involved with music since she was 12 years old.  No wonder she is exceptionally good at it.  Rachelle’s natural talent fits right in at Rosener House, and she engaged participants with her music starting from day one.   Rachelle plays the guitar and leads sing-a-longs with participants.  She also leads some of the drumming circles.  Rachelle, with her cheerful, positive personality can communicate with all levels of participants and make them comfortable and happy.  We are happy to present Rachelle with the 2017 Irene and George Roos Award for Patient Caring Care.

Remarks made by both awardees expressed appreciation to the Kates family and to their colleagues for this honor.  We thank the Kates family for providing this opportunity to recognize the good work done at Rosener House every day!

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