Front l-r: Gene Kates, John Kates; rear l-r: Pat Wilkinson, Bart Charlow, Marjorie Quiros, Denise Ray, Barbara Kalt
Each year our Rosener House Adult Day Services program is proud to host the “Roos-Kates Caring Care Awards”. The awards were presented by the John Kates family of Atherton to honor and encourage those line staff who work most closely with Alzheimer’s patients. The awards were originally conceived of and endowed by their mother, Patricia Roos Kates, whose insight into what is most needed outside of medical care for those with dementias was exceptional.
This year’s awards go to Denise Ray and Marjorie Quiros.
Denise Ray: Denise came to Rosener House in 2011 with a wide variety of work and life experience, all of which has translated into being an excellent Activity Leader here. Denise formerly ran a child care program, worked at Shelter Network as a case manager, worked at the Martin Luther King community center in San Mateo and at Samaritan House. Denise, in addition to working full time at Rosener House, continues to work at the Spring Street Shelter in Redwood City. Denise obviously enjoys working with people and is able to make them comfortable. She has outstanding interpersonal and communication skills. She is mature and level-headed, and conveys that calm assurance to everyone around her. Denise always comes prepared for her activities. Even if she is not in, she would prepare the supplies so other staff can lead the activities smoothly in her absence.
Denise is especially good at working with individuals with special needs, who may be anxious or agitated and in need of reassurance or diversion. Denise has developed very special relationships with our veterans, facilitating a veterans group (the “Unit”) weekly. She takes initiative, works both independently and with co-workers to plan for group activities. She has learned a lot about working with participants with dementia and continues to enhance her skills. We appreciate her work ethic and the contributions she has made to the program at Rosener House.
Marjorie Quiros: Marjorie came to Rosener House with previous experience working at two similar programs in the East Bay. She also has worked as a teacher’s aide. Marjorie projects warmth, joy, and enthusiasm for her work here. Her self-proclaimed goal is to help participants have fun through activities, promoting feelings of self-satisfaction and happiness. She strives to create new activities that do just that, for instance, making up new brain games that stimulate and engage participants. Marjorie’s positive energy motivates both participants and co-workers to be successful every day. Her creativeness and friendly personality has been able her to challenge participants to get involved in the activities. Marjorie creates new games and trivia for participant to get involved in the group.
Marjorie has been with us for less than two years, but has proven to be a very valuable staff member. She has taken over the “Minds in Motion” early memory loss classes that are held once a week at Little House. Every week she returns to Rosener House with delightful stories of what happened in her class. One time she told of the woman in class who expressed her gratitude for the classes: The woman said she now felt more comfortable going out in social situations and that she was better able to keep up with her friends’ conversations since she has been attending the “Minds in Motion” classes.
Marjorie is a terrific team member, and we are so pleased she is enriching the Rosener House program.
What both awardees said proudly was that they are part of a team of wonderful people who are equally as dedicated and creative. No one who has visited Rosener House would argue with that!
Congratulations to Denise and Marjorie, and many thanks to the Kates family.