Pictured (L-R): BAYADA client Mr. Bill Anderson, his son, Billy, and BAYADA's 2018 Home Health Aide Hero of the Year, Cruz Sandoval
In Charlotte, NC, during BAYADA Home Health Care's annual meeting on May 19, BAYADA Home Health Aide Cruz Sandoval was named the 2018 Home Health Aide Hero of Year.
Chosen among hundreds of her peers, Sandoval was presented the award in front of more than 2,000 employees, her family, and a few of her clients.
Sandoval was overwhelmed with emotion when she accepted her Hero of the Year award. “Being able to make people’s lives a little easier means a lot to me,” she said. “I am so grateful.”
Her clients are just as grateful for her love and care.
“She has never let me down in nine years,” said BAYADA's client, Bill Anderson, 89. “No one compares to her.”
For the past nine years, each morning Sandoval arrives at the home of Bill Anderson, 89, where she cares for both him and his son, Billy Anderson, 65. Sandoval takes the elder Anderson, whom she calls Mr. Bill, shopping or to the park to make sure he gets out of the house. For Billy, who was born with cerebral palsy, she helps transfer him into and out of his wheelchair and gets him ready to attend his day program. In addition, both father and son are ensured a good meal, thanks to Sandoval.
Sandoval's impact on the Andersons goes far beyond cooking meals and helping with daily activities. She treats them as she would her own family, and considers caring for them a lifelong commitment. In fact, when Billy confided in Sandoval that he wishes he could walk, Sandoval made him this promise:
“While I am alive, I’ll be here with you. I am your legs.”
BAYADA Clinical Manager Merari Singh is not at all surprised by Sandoval's selfless acts. “She is just one of those people who puts everyone before herself,” she said.
Watch what makes Sandoval a hero.
Established in 1999, the BAYADA Hero of the Year Program recognizes home health care professionals who consistently demonstrate the company’s core values of compassion, excellence, and reliability. Each quarter, patients and peers nominate their local heroes. From the local heroes, division heroes are selected and ultimately four national heroes are chosen among five disciplines: registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, therapist, home health aide, and social worker. The four national heroes are recognized at the annual awards ceremony.