Pictured are Kathy Van Cleave, Director of the DMH Division of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia; Pam Brown of Oxford; and Diana Mikula, DMH Deputy Executive Director and Director of the Bureau of Mental Health.
Pam Brown of Oxford was presented with the Direct Care Worker of the Year Award at the 12th Annual Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Psychiatric Disorders in the Elderly hosted by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH). The award is designed to honor someone who demonstrates commitment, compassion, competence, and leadership in the field of dementia care.
“Ms. Brown has certainly demonstrated the characteristics of commitment, compassion, competence, and leadership in dementia care,” said Kathy Van Cleave, Director of the DMH Division of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia. “I’m so excited that Ms. Brown was able to attend the Conference. I trust she will take the information she has learned and will share it with her team.”
Brown, a Nursing Assistant at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford, has worked with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease for the past six of her 10 years of employment. Nominated by her co-workers, she is described as someone who knows how to read the emotions of individuals and shows she is paying attention to them. Her nomination letter reads, “she has a desire to teach new hires about the residents, and understands that they are successful when the residents are happiest.” As a family member stated, “…I have full confidence about my mother’s physical and emotional heath. She connects because cares!”
DMH hosted the Conference in an effort to address the needs of people suffering from or caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease. More than 500 people attended the conference. Because there was a tie for this award, Ms. Brown shares the Direct Care Worker of the Year Award with Linda Rice of D’Iberville.